The Northampton captain missed training with a shoulder problem and the initial indications were that he won't be considered for a starting place. Jack Nowell is also pushing Jonny May hard for a place on the wing.
Hughes' own fitness is clouded by a knee issue, but with England's back-row resources now running alarmingly low, his involvement against Rob Howley's title pretenders is not in doubt.
"It is important we keep building him up and he might be ready by the end of the tournament to start starting games", Jones told The Times. Although Wood will be involved, he is expected to be among the reserves, along with Haskell.
"If I'd had to come on after the first two minutes, I'd deal with it, I'm fit enough to do it, but it's so intense and so fast, you want to make sure you have the right impact".
"Going to Wales, it is a huge rugby heartland with very passionate fans and a great stadium, players love going there and pitching themselves against the Welsh", Haskell said after making his return to worldwide rugby as a second-half replacement against France at the weekend to help secure the 19-16 comeback victory.
If Wood is forced to withdraw, Jack Clifford is the likely starter at openside, with Maro Itoje and Nathan Hughes continuing at blindside and number eight respectively. "As a team they are very direct, but it is one thing knowing it, another thing stopping it". Leicester prop Ellis Genge has not been retained on stand-by, as he was last week, and George Kruis is absent after confirmation that the Saracens lock requires knee surgery.
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Coach Hugo Broos' men baffled the AFCON 17 scene when they knocked out tournament favorites Ghana in the semi-final 2-0. Both the goals came from substitutes, Nkoulou and the hugely influential centre-forward Vincent Aboubakar.
Global rugby began with Scotland and England meeting in 1879.
England's last trip across the River Severn proved exactly that.
Jones said: 'We've had a brilliant learning day today with Gareth and Lisa. We've got to put ourselves in the best spot. We are not concerned with what they do before or after. Wales will happily turn down the lights, ramp up the noise and make England's arrival in the minutes before kick-off as uncomfortable as possible.
Wales have lost four of their last five Tests against their rivals and Warburton is envious of their success.
Ford finished man of the match in the 21-16 victory at Principality Stadium two years ago in only his third start and remembers a highly-charged evening that began with a row in the tunnel when England refused to run on to the pitch ahead of schedule. "And the picture we paint isn't going to be the picture that was painted in the past". How could you not want to play rugby there?
'England are deservedly tagged as the best team in the northern hemisphere. "They had a good result".