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Howley praises England duo

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has added his voice to the chorus of praise for England half-backs Danny Care and Owen Farrell.

Scrum-half Care and England number 10 Farrell have proved influential performers behind England's push to land the RBS Six Nations title this season.

Wales are next up at Twickenham on March 9 - a game that is set to keep one country's championship hopes alive and end the other's.

And former Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum-half Howley has been impressed by what he has seen from two of England's key tactical controllers.

"I think they are two fantastic players," he said.

"Their ability to make individual decisions, they've got a great combination between them and they complement each other.

"Danny Care is a key player. He is instrumental when he plays for Harlequins in terms of the speed and tempo he brings to the game. His ability to implement a good kicking game is really important to England and his ability to speed up the game. He brings other players into the game.

"Care brings a zest and an energy and a tempo to the England game. He certainly brings the forwards into the game and asks questions around that guard and defensive line.

"We just have to be on our wits because defensively we were really good against France. But Care, as well as Owen's running game, can certainly ask a lot more questions.

"Having worked with Owen Farrell, his kick-pass-run decision-making is very good. He has obviously got a great kicking game."