Wales Expect England to Target Louis Rees-Zammit in Six Nations Clash | Six Nations 2021
Posted On October 14, 2021
Wales expect England to target Gloucester winger Louis Rees-Zammit, whose three tries in the first two rounds of the Six Nations helped them secure the victory, when the two sides meet in Cardiff Saturday.
The home team expects to have a full squad with centers George North and Jonathan Davies again available as well as winger Josh Adams and back rower Josh Navidi. Full-back Leigh Halfpenny is still following concussion return-to-play protocols.
“Louis has a tag on his head and we expect him to be targeted,” Welsh strikers coach Jonathan Humphreys said. “There will be pressure on him, but we support him to deal with whatever comes his way. He has just turned 20, is very mature and has grown up since the last Six Nations.
“He is well aware of the work he has to do outside of the scoring trials and he gets by with them. We have some real selection dilemmas this week and the meeting will take a lot longer than a few months ago. England are a world class team and we expect them to be the best they can be. “
After defeating Ireland and Scotland, both of whom were reduced to 14 men when Peter O’Mahony and then Zander Fagerson were sent off for making contact with an opponent’s head as they attempted a clearance in the ‘a ruck, Wales are looking for the grand slam having only beaten Italy at the 2020 Six Nations.
“We know it’s at stake, but we’re not talking about it,” Humphreys said. “We understand how important the game is to have won the first two, but what is essential is that we are not too emotional. It is important that we do not play the game today or tomorrow but on Saturday and we know that we are going to have to be much better. It will be a huge task to match the physicality of England.
“We keep reminding players of the ramifications of head collisions due to the huge risk of a red card and we are working hard on it in training. We were made aware of this before the tournament, so we were aware of it from the start. We have to make sure that we are not on the receiving side. “