Saracens' back-up stand-off, who was a Chelsea football trialist, turned down an approach by Italy to keep his England options open and has caught Jones's eye since being called up to the wider squad. "I don't think they brought a whole lot of sophistication to their game today and neither did Wales".
Despite the disadvantage, Ireland kicked on and Stander added another try before half time. Wales lined up narrowly as if expecting a kick return or an attack down the middle and Ford exploited the space out wide with Owen Farrell to deflate their hosts.
However, that request was rejected and Six Nations regulations require both teams to agree on closing the roof, with Wales to be informed of the decision at least 48 hours before the match.
Wales' Six Nations match with England on Saturday will be played in open-air, after the away side made a decision to play the match without the use of the Principality Stadium roof.
- George North has scored in his last five Six Nations games; no player has ever scored in six in a row in the Five or Six Nations.
Wales, so good for so long in this instant RBS 6 Nations classic, will rue missed opportunities against a ruthlessly clinical England side in Cardiff.
Wales struggled for much of the first half against Italy but put together a better team performance against England, but could not hold on to their lead as the visitors capitalised on Wales failing to put the ball into touch just before Daly touched down. You just love being in the cauldron of the Principality Stadium against a team like England. "We tried to be smarter, a bit more clinical, and use the ball more". "Jack has an excellent work-rate and he's a guy that carries through the line, which will be important for us". We matched them with physicality, but ultimately we feel that we hurt ourselves in those last few minutes. "Winning is a habit and England are on a strong roll". A win over Wales, will be their 16th in a row, in a run going back to their final pool game in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. They have gone for more "dog" in the pack with three changes, with Simon Favaro at open-side the most notable.
"As players, when you train extremely hard and make all the sacrifices, those are the type of fixtures you want to be involved in", Wales flanker Sam Warburton said. "The flip side of that assessment is that an England win would be a significant achievement".