Wales star Louis Rees-Zammit expects to be the ‘target’ of England in the Six Nations clash, admits coach Jonathan Humphreys – but says the young wing has a ‘great temper’ to deal with air strikes.
- Wales will host England in the Six Nations on Saturday afternoon in Cardiff
- Louis Rees-Zammit has been in exciting shape for Wales on the grand piano so far
- The 20-year-old is likely to be targeted by England with multiple high kicks
Louis Rees-Zammit is being supported to face an aerial bombardment by the English on Saturday, as the young aviator will be targeted by stairs.
The 20-year-old, who has scored three super tries in two tests so far this tournament, is on Eddie Jones’ hit list for the Cardiff game.
But the Gloucester winger is ready to face a barrage, according to those in the Welsh side.
Louis Rees Zammit (right) is supported to deal with any aerial bombardment by England
“He’s great, just turned 20, very grown up, and you can see how much he grew up from the last Six Nations to this one,” said forward Jonathan Humphreys.
He’s well aware of the work-ons – the amount of things he has to do beyond scoring tries – and he’s working very, very hard to do that. We see the bloom of that.
‘Every threatening player comes with a huge tag on their head, so we expect players to be targeted among others.
Louis has made huge improvements to his game, and he knows a lot of those English players, so that comes with a tremendous amount of pressure, but he has a great temperament and we support him in everything that comes his way. ‘
The Welsh has some big roster calls to make a ‘clean bill of health’ apart from Tomos Williams who was always expected to miss the England game with hamstring issues.
Wayne Pivac has to decide who to choose in the centers from Jonathan Davies, George North, Johnny Williams, Willis Halaholo and Owen Watkin, who are all fit.
He was in sparkling form for Wales – scoring tries in victories over Ireland and Scotland
And everyone should consider whether Josh Adams is ready to start after his Covid bubble breakout ban. Leigh Halfpenny is still on head injury checks, but is also expected to be ready, along with Josh Navidi.
“The selection meetings lasted much longer than a few months ago,” adds Humphreys.
‘There are very difficult discussions about the combinations, but that is very positive for us.’
As for the English, Wales is ready for battle.
“They are a world-class team,” said Humphreys.
Johnny Williams (center left) is one of five centers competing for a spot in Welsh midfield
‘A few months ago they won the Six Nations and the Autumn Nations Cup, so we expect a huge physical challenge.
Gethin Jenkins has talked a lot about the clashes in these games, they hugely dictate the outcome. We understand the power they have with those ball carriers and what we have to do to win this game.
“We expect the very best version of England.”
At gag, Wyn Jones has forced his way into the Lions fray after two strong screenings, and Humphreys thinks he has a shot at the squad if he beats 2017 tourist Kyle Sinckler.
“Wyn has been excellent,” he said.
“This weekend is a huge game, he’s up against Kyle Sinckler, a very good front row, so if he’s doing well and we are doing well as a team, then a lot of people will have a chance for the Lions.”