Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup 2019 fixtures: How to watch on TV, live stream, dates, times, highlights, teams.Follow the latest updates live from the second Rugby World Cup warm-up clash between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff as the hosts look to make up for last weekend’s defeat.

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England pulled off a 33-19 victory at Twickenham last Sunday to kickstart their World Cup preparations, and with games against Ireland and Italy to come, a second consecutive victory over Wales would send out a strong statement to their rivals in Japan.

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But Wales will want to show their best this afternoon after not quite hitting top gear last weekend, and with Warren Gatland sticking with the bulk of the squad that lost out in London, they have the chance to gain retribution. Follow the live action below.

 

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of today’s Rugby World Cup clash between Wales and England, brought to you from pitchside at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Wales will be looking for revenge following last weekend’s defeat at Twickenham, but they have been forced into three changes through injury as Gareth Anscombe, Adam Beard and Justin Tipuric are all absent through injury. Dan Biggar starts at fly-half in Anscombe’s absence, while Jake Ball starts at lock and James Davies at flanker, meaning that the Davies brother both start a Test for the first time as Jonathan is named at outside centre.
England have also made three changes, with Tom Curry ruled out with the shoulder injury that he suffered last weekend. Courtney Lawes comes into the back-row as Lewis Ludlam moves to the openside, while Maro Itoje replaces Charlie Ewels in the second-row and Ruaridh McConnochie comes into the back line to make his debut.

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However, England have a doubt over McConnochie once again this week due to muscle soreness, and a decision on his inclusion will be made this morning with Jonny May and Anthony Watson on stand-by.
We’ll begin our full build-up coverage from 1pm ahead of kick-off at 2:15pm.

Wales vs England takes place on Saturday 16 August at the Principality Stadium.

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The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action from 1:15pm, and on Channel 4 from 1:30pm.

The match will also be brought to you live by The Independent.

Teams

England: Elliot Daly; Ruaridh McConnochie, Jonathan Joseph, Piers Francis, Joe Cokanasiga; George Ford, Willi Heinz; Ellis Genge, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Dan Cole; Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje; Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, George Kruis, Jack Singleton, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi.

Wales: Liam Williams; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis; Jake Ball, Alun Wyn Jones; Aaron Wainwright, James Davies, Ross Moriarty.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Dillon Lewis, Aaron Shingler, Josh Navidi, Aled Davies, Jarrod Evans, Owen Watkin.

Prediction

Wales to win by four: Last weekend’s defeat should click Wales into gear as the kick up the backside they need, and returning to more familiar surroundings in the Cardiff cauldron, the stronger squad on paper should run out winners.

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