Joe Cokanasiga says he is ready to step into the England side that will take on Wales in the Six Nations this weekend after Chris Ashton was ruled out through injury (Wales 13/8, Draw 20/1, England 8/15 – 80 minutes betting).

Ashton, who played for 51 minutes against France last time out, has picked up a calf injury in training, and although it is not thought to be serious, the huge clash at the Millennium Stadium has come too soon for him.

It means that Cokanasiga is in line to figure against Wales, and he showed he is back to full fitness from a knee ligament injury with an impressive performance at the weekend.

The 21-year-old scored a try while playing for Bath in the victory over Newcastle on Saturday, and after revealing he is now over his injury issues, he hopes he has done enough to force his way into the thoughts of England coach Eddie Jones.

“I was blowing a bit towards the end but I’m confident in the knee now,” Cokanasiga said after Newcastle had been dispatched.

“Eddie just spoke to me about getting some game time and being available for selection for Wales. Everything happened so quickly for me in the autumn and I haven’t had any time to think about it.

“I’ve been working hard on my rehab and hopefully I will get that shot against Wales.”

Saturday’s clash against Wales is being billed as the Six Nations decider and Jones will be praying he does not receive any more injury woes in the build-up after already suffering a number of issues with key players (England 1/5 to win the Six Nations).

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