Wales have been handed a timely injury boost ahead of the pivotal Six Nations clash against England with the news that scrum half Rhys Webb has been called into the training squad for the match at Twickenham. Webb missed the Rugby World Cup with a foot injury but after playing three times for the Ospreys – his latest run-out coming in the Pro 12 defeat to Leinster – is back in contention to resume his international career.
Gareth Davies has started the last eight games in Webb's absence, including win over England at Twickenham last September, but his place is under threat due to return of the talented 27-year-old. Warren Gatland's training squad is otherwise unchanged from the win over France as Wales seek a win that would see them put one hand on the title.
England have also been boosted by the return of a significant figure, after Manu Tuilagi was retained in the squad for the week of the Wales clash. The 24-year-old was called up for the first time under Eddie Jones last week to work with the team but was released for Leicester's Premiership win over Exeter.
Injury and suspension have seen Tuilagi fail to make an appearance for his country since June 2014 and an appearance this weekend would see him mark nearly two years out of the international game. Tuilagi scored one of four tries at Welford Road at the weekend but the Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill does not believe the centre of ready for Test match rugby.
"Manu did some good things today but I don't think he is ready to play Test rugby," he said, according to Sky Sports. "Even if you put him on the bench to be an impact player for the last half an hour, what happens if you have to put him on after five minutes?
"[Jones] has all the power and if he wants to pick Manu he can pick Manu, whether that's the right thing or not. He is probably five or six games away from being fully fit to play 80 minutes of Test rugby.
"I'd love to keep him and look after him so we can manage his training week. At the moment he is not doing a full week's training because we need to save his load for game day. In a Test environment it's more difficult.
"Manu has still not played a huge amount of rugby after 15 months out of the game. He wants to be back in the mix. Whether that's right is for me and Eddie to have a discussion but, ultimately, it will be England's decision."