Welsh seek to tighten up

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Shaun Edwards has urged Wales to tighten up their defence from turnover ball as they prepare for the threat of England’s strike-runners.

Friday night’s RBS 6 Nations opener at the Millennium Stadium will see Wales aiming to halt a run of seven Tests without a win.

England, meanwhile, have not triumphed in Cardiff since they were crowned 2003 world champions under current manager Martin Johnson’s captaincy.

But if Johnson’s men are to end that barren run in the Welsh capital, England’s dangerous back three of Ben Foden, Chris Ashton and Mark Cueto could play significant roles.

Edwards said: “England were pretty lethal from turnover ball against Australia - that was probably the performance of the home nations during the autumn series.

“England’s back three can be lethal from turnover ball, and it is something we need to improve our defence on.”