Two changes apiece for Wales, England ahead of Six Nations showdown


Clifford replaces Tom Wood, who has been relegated to the bench after suffering a shoulder injury in the uninspiring victory over France at the weekend. Wood and May will both be on the bench.

15-Mike Brown, 14-Jack Nowell, 13-Jonathan Joseph, 12-Owen Farrell, 11-Elliot Daly, 10-George Ford, 9-Ben Youngs; 8-Nathan Hughes, 7-Jack Clifford, 6-Maro Itoje, 5-Courtney Lawes, 4-Joe Launchbury, 3-Dan Cole, 2-Dylan Hartley (captain), 1-Joe Marler.

Earlier this week, Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones said he hoped the roof would be closed for the match.

"We will mainly adapt to the Scottish rugby that you have seen evolve for four years - a game based on commitment, speed, aggression, with players who have gained confidence in a highly organised collective", he said.

Wales have a 60% winning record against England in Cardiff, something that baffles Jones. "He is a clever bloke is Eddie". They had quite a few injuries that day, but they still beat us, so we know we have got to be extremely good to beat England.

One of the fiercest rivalries in world rugby will be revived once more on Saturday as Wales prepare to entertain England in what could prove to be the make-or-break battle to decide the 2017 Six Nations.

"We want to enjoy the occasion and produce a good performance".

Wales had wanted the roof to be shut.

- 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.

Kingston said: "When Jack, as an academy player, trained with the first-team squad, you immediately saw someone who was very confident in his own ability".

Asked if he was confident in the back row he has picked, the Australian simply responded: "I wouldn't have selected them otherwise".

The Welsh will also rival England's strength in depth.

Maro Itoje has eight Tests under his belt, but only one of those appearances was as a loose forward. He played at six at the weekend (against France) and that just shows the number of strings he has to his bow.

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb: "The boys are pretty excited - it has been a great start to the campaign". But we are not going to get too carried away. How they perform against England will be fascinating.

"We will be just fine".

"We have prepared for any shenanigans that might go on". We watched the England game (against France) live.

"We will just go about our job and take each game as it comes".

If Cuthbert plays, it will be his first Six Nations appearance since he featured in Wales's 25-21 defeat by Grand Slam champions England at Twickenham past year.



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