Six Nations: Owen Farrell like 'a young Jonny Wilkinson' - Jenkins

Owen Farrell
Owen Farrell

England centre Owen Farrell is reminiscent of a "young Jonny Wilkinson", according to Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins.

"Owen is obviously an outstanding talent," said Jenkins, Wales' record points-scorer. "He reminds me a lot of a young Jonny Wilkinson.

"When Jonny first stepped up at international level, he was a centre.

"Maybe in the long run, Owen might end up being a 10, so there are a lot of similarities," he added.

Farrell, son of dual-code international Andy, showed a cool temperament in England's narrow away wins over Scotland and Italy, as he kicked eight of his country's 13 points at Murrayfield and 14 of their 19 points in Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

"He is a very good goalkicker and a very good player [and] has got a good coach there with his father Andy," said Jenkins, who is third on the all-time Test points list, having played at centre, fly-half and full-back during a 13-year club and international career.

Farrell and England host Jenkins's side at Twickenham on 25 February, with Wales seeking a win that would give them a 20th Triple Crown and leave them two victories from a second Six Nations title and Grand Slam under head coach Warren Gatland.

Wales are optimistic their chances will not be hampered by injuries to key players.

Gatland's squad will reconvene at their training base on Monday after more than a dozen players were released for club duties.

That list includes France-based trio Mike Phillips, James Hook and Lee Byrne, and Premiership contingent Rhys Gill, Andy Powell and Craig Mitchell.

Gatland is also keeping a close on eye on George North (ankle), Huw Bennett (calf), Ryan Jones (dead leg) and skipper Sam Warburton (thigh).

Jenkins added: "There are still a few battered and bruised bodies, but we are hoping everyone is going to be up and running by next week.

"They've got the weekend off and we will see where we are on Monday and Tuesday."

Wales opened their Six Nations campaign with a thrilling victory over Ireland in Dublin, then followed it up by comfortably seeing off Scotland, amassing 50 points and six tries in the process.

England, in contrast, have managed just two tries - both charged-down scores by fly-half Charlie Hodgson - and a total of 32 points.

Former England hooker Brian Moore has said Wales will win as he believes they have the edge behind the scrum.

"There is a Twickenham factor but that shouldn't bother Wales. They are clear favourites by a mile," Moore told the BBC's Sport Wales programme.