England v Wales press conferences: Wayne Pivac’s side set to chain ‘exceptional talent’ Marcus Smith
Wales know they will have to keep a close eye on ‘exceptional talent’ Marcus Smith at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Mercurial playmaker goes from strength to strength as he becomes increasingly influential at the Test level for Eddie Jones’ side.
His threats are multiple and it will be a contrast in style when he takes on the more pragmatic Dan Biggar this weekend.
Neil Jenkins, who worked with Smith on the 2021 Lions tour, assessed the game during his press conference on Tuesday.
“They are two quality players. Marcus is a fantastic talent. He came this summer and spent a few weeks with us with the Lions and it’s a pleasure to be with us,” said the former fly-half.
“He’s a fantastic person but also a fantastic player and he has a great future ahead of him. His all-round game is exceptional. He’s a young lad but he’s playing like he’s been there for 10-15 years. is a class act and he will be a threat to us on Saturday.
“I’d like to think Biggsy will be the same from our perspective towards them. He’s been there, done it and he’s closing in on 100 Welsh caps. It’s another game he’ll be looking forward to on Saturday, there is no doubt about it.”
Jenkins also gave an update on the fitness of Taulupe Faletau, Josh Adams and Willis Halaholo.
The No.8 was called up to the squad on Monday after playing two games for Bath as he returns from an ankle injury which has kept him out since the Lions tour.
Meanwhile, Adams has overcome a calf problem which kept him out of the game against Scotland, while Halaholo is available following hamstring issues and a facial laceration.