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Last Updated: Friday, 1 February 2008, 07:35 GMT
Wales to 'smash' Twickenham jinx
Wales captain Ryan Jones (left) and new coach Warren Gatland
Jones has a 100% record in games against England
Ryan Jones admits Wales' defensive battle plan to end their Twickenham hoodoo is to "just smash" England.

The Welsh captain hailed new defensive guru Shaun Edwards' no nonsense impact as Wales bid to end 20 years of misery at HQ in Saturday's Six Nations opener.

"I asked Shaun a question on defensive formation and he said 'I don't care, just smash them'," said Jones.

"There's no rhyme, no reason, technical jargon or whiteboard presentations, just good old-fashioned brute force."

Warren and Shaun play good cop, bad cop

Wales captain Ryan Jones

England World Cup winner Matt Dawson hailed Edwards the "best coach in the world" as the scrum-half worked under his stewardship at Wasps.

Warren Gatland's first priority as Welsh supremo was to persuade Edwards to ignore England's advances and renew their successful partnership which won Wasps a Heineken Cup.

Edwards, now Wasps head coach, may only be with Wales on a part-time basis, but Lions star Jones believes his country's new management team can inspire them to make amends for their World Cup humiliation at this year's Six Nations.

"Warren and Shaun play good cop, bad cop," revealed number eight Jones, one of 13 Ospreys in the Wales team to play England on Saturday.

"They are both pretty straight-talking and don't mince their words.

"Both guys are very much doers and training has become shorter, sharper and more intense.

"They are hugely positive and it is striking a note with the players as there's a real buzz about the camp.

"There is a huge belief which perhaps you can attribute to the new coaching staff because they are bringing the best out of us.


"There will be a few subtle differences on Saturday but Rome wasn't built in a day.

"We're tinkering with different things but it is a long-term process."

Wales have not beaten their old enemy at Twickenham since 1988, but new skipper Jones, who will win his 17th cap, has never lost to England.

The back-rower made his international debut in the 2005 Six Nations opener when Gavin Henson's last-gasp winning penalty against England kick-started Welsh rugby's Grand Slam charge.

World Cup finalists England are without retired stalwarts Lawrence Dallaglio, Martin Corry, Jason Robinson and Mike Catt but Jones still maintains England are favourites.

"We're under no illusions of our challenge," he said.

"We must impose ourselves on England and get it right physically and mentally.

"Wales' record at Twickenham is well-documented which shows how difficult it is to win there."

Jones is Gatland's first Wales captain, but the 26-year-old said: "I'm trying not to think about being captain at as I'd like to get some sleep before the big day!

"It will be a hugely emotional, hugely exciting day for me personally and something that will live with me for the rest of my life.

"Hopefully it will be an all-round magical day for me and Wales."

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