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Charteris out, Ball in for Wales

07th March 2014 12:22

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Neck injury: Luke Charteris

Scarlets lock Jake Ball will start for Wales at Twickenham on Sunday after Luke Charteris was ruled out with a neck injury.

Ball will start his second consecutive Six Nations match after featuring against France at the Millennium Stadium a fortnight ago.

He moves into the starting XV from the bench, where his place is taken by Newport Gwent Dragons second-row Andrew Coombs.

Charteris has been a fundamental component of Wales' lineout so far in the Six Nations, with the news of his withdrawal coming as a late blow for the two-time champions.

Wales (revised): 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jon Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Jake Ball, 4 Alun Wyn Jones, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Paul James, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Andrew Coombs, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Liam Williams

Date: Sunday 9th March
Venue: Twickenham
Kick-off: 1500 (local and GMT)
Referee: Romain Poite (Fra)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Aus), Lourens van der Merwe (RSA)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ire)

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