Wales vs England


England will look to make it two wins from two in their Rugby World cup preparations as they travel to the Principality to take on Wales in their second match in as many weekends.An experimental side pulled off an impressive 33-19 victory at Twickenham last time out that ended Wales’s 14-match winning streak, with captain George Ford’s kicking proving the difference as both sides scored three tries apiece.Ford again leads the side this weekend with Owen Farrell only returning to the bench, with Eddie Jones sticking with a familiar side from their opening Quilter International.

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Wales also go for much of the same again, with Warren Gatland only forced into changes due to injury. One of them has proven serious, with Gareth Anscombe sadly ruled out of the World Cup and for the bulk of the season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament and the meniscus in his knee

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

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.

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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