Warren Gatland is committed to seeing out his contract with Wales until the end of the 2015 World Cup, when he will consider his options.
Not since 1954 had Wales won the championship after losing their opening game.
England's head coach, Stuart Lancaster, believes his side will become serious contenders to win the 2015 Rugby World Cup if they can secure their first grand slam since 2003 and prevent Wales from retaining their Six Nations crown at a hostile Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Wales' inclination to name the same team for the second match in succession as they look to break their record of four successive away victories in the Six Nations is being tested by the calf injury sustained by the prop Gethin Jenkins in Italy last month and the return to fitness of the second-row Alun Wyn Jones.
Before Wales flew to Rome for Saturday's Six Nations game against Italy they were questioned over the position regarding a player who is not in the starting line-up, the squad captain, Sam Warburton.
Wales had spent the week cursing their habit of starting matches as if they had just been woken in the middle of the night but a feature of their away victories in last season's grand slam was their ability to strike in the final 10 minutes when they sensed opponents were tiring.
Wales have warned their players that no one's place is safe after an opening day defeat by Ireland in the Six Nations extended their losing run to eight Tests.
A casual visitor to Wales's training base in the Vale of Glamorgan could be forgiven for mistaking Mark Jones as one of the squad preparing for the Six Nations rather than a member of the management team.
Wales shrugged off Jim Telfer's comments that their players were inherently lazy by saying they did not know where the former Scotland and Lions coach was coming from.