Wales dealt Charteris blow

Andover Advertiser: Luke Charteris, centre, has been ruled out of the showdown with England Luke Charteris, centre, has been ruled out of the showdown with England

Wales have suffered an injury blow ahead of Sunday's RBS 6 Nations Championship clash against England at Twickenham after lock Luke Charteris was ruled out with a neck problem.

The Welsh Rugby Union announced that Scarlets forward Jake Ball, who started against France last month as a late replacement for Alun-Wyn Jones, will step in for Charteris, with Andrew Coombs moving onto the bench.

The late loss of Perpignan forward Charteris is a blow for Wales, given his line-out expertise, but Ball impressed greatly when he made his first international start in the 27-6 victory over France.

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley said Charteris suffered the injury on Wednesday.

"Luke had a bit of a stinger with his neck on Wednesday in a scrummaging session," Howley told reporters at Wales' training base.

"He has come in today a little bit sore and we have taken the decision early to omit him.

"It is a great opportunity for Jake. I thought he was outstanding in the nuts and bolts of his game against France. He came through with flying colours."

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