Six Nations - Wales dealt Charteris blow

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.

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Luke Charteris (centre) has been ruled out of Wales' clash against England

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.

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