Alun Wyn Jones claims Wales are underdogs against England
Alun Wyn Jones claims Wales are the underdogs for Sunday's Six Nations clash with England.
Last Updated: 06/03/14 11:26pm
Wales have only lost once in three Six Nations games at Twickenham during Warren Gatland's coaching reign and demolished England 30-3 in Cardiff last season.
Gatland's team arrive at Twickenham in good form after recovering from their mauling at the hands of Ireland in Dublin last month with a 27-6 drubbing of France a fortnight ago but Jones is refusing to get carried away.
"Going away from home, your backs are against the wall," he said.
"We are probably slight underdogs going into this because of the way we performed against Ireland and we realise just how much it is going to take for us to win.
"I think we do pretty well under pressure and since the Ireland game we have been under pressure. That is going to continue to grow, whatever happens at the weekend or leading up to the weekend.
"After the third round of games, the competition is wide open, with the four front- runners all having lost once.
"There is always going to be a lot said about the historical stuff (between England and Wales) and all that, but it is an opportunity for us to improve from that Ireland game. The boys did that against France and now we want to kick on and bring the experience that we have.
"It is either going to be one of the attritional games where you trade in threes (kicks), or it's going to be chucking it about and a lot of ball in play.
"Look at the back-three they've got and the way they are playing at the moment, especially Mike Brown. It's going to be exciting stuff."
Ospreys star Jones also praised England's dynamic second-row combination of Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes who he will face on Sunday.
"Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury have probably been the stand-out second-row pairing in the competition thus far," the 76 times-capped Wales lock said.
"I think Launchbury, especially. If you look at the momentum-shifts he was able to produce against Ireland, he is playing like an extra back-row (forward) with the contribution he is making to their pack."
Jones missed Wales' title-reviving Millennium Stadium victory over France with a foot infection but is fully fit to face England.
"I had some anti-biotics and fortunately enough it's all right now," he added.
"I had MRIs, X-rays, ultra-sounds, bloods, swabs - you name it, they did it all! I have been pretty fortunate with the level of care I've had, but it is just one of those things that happen and I've had to deal with."