The fly-half returns to the starting XV after recovering from an Achilles injury, having made his comeback off the replacements’ bench in last weekend’s 18-7 victory over Ireland that put England on the verge of a place in the final of the one-off competition.
It means that captain Owen Farrell will shift to inside centre for the first time since the Six Nations win over Wales in March, with Henry Slade restored to outside centre to fill the void left by the injured Ollie Lawrence, who is absent due to a hip injury.
The rest of the side is unchanged from the one that started against England, meaning that Mako Vunipola, Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler continue in the front row. Joe Laucnhbury fends off Jonny Hill to partner Maro Itoje at lock, with Tom Curry, Sam Underhill and Billy Vunipola retained in the back row as just rewards for the pack’s defensively dominant display last Saturday at Twickenham.
Ben Youngs, England’s most-capped active player, will win his 103rd cap to continue to close on Jason Leonard’s record of 115 as he starts at fly-half, with Jonny May in the back three along with Jonathan Joseph and Elliot Daly as he looks to pick up where he left off following his two-try display against the Irish.
Jones makes three changes among his replacements in order to revert to the six-two split between forwards and backs that he utilised throughout the Six Nations at the start of the year. Fit-again hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie returns at the expense of Tom Dunn, while Wasps flanker Jack Willis is selected for the first time since his try-scoring debut against Georgia two weeks ago as the additional forward. Anthony Watson meanwhile returns from injury to replace Ford as the only cover for the back three, with Dan Robson covering scrum-half.
Props Ellis Genge and Will Stuart, Exeter lock Hill and Bristol flanker Ben Early make up the rest of the bench, with Jones electing to reinforce his forward options as he expects a tough game despite Wales’s recent run of one win in seven games.