Six Nations 2019: Wales team to play England

Ross Moriarty

Warren Gatland has named the Wales team to play England at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones returns to lead Wales against England in Cardiff on Saturday. Jones will make his 122nd Welsh appearance, his 21st as captain, at Principality Stadium as the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Guinness Six Nations go head-to-head.

Jones will pack down with Cory Hill in the second row with Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty forming the back-row. A front-row of Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis complete the forwards line-up.

Gareth Davies and Gareth Anscombe are named at half-back with Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies partnering again in the midfield. Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams make up the back-three.

“We are really happy with the experience we have got in the side,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

“We have been on the road for the first two weeks, we are looking forward to being back at home and to build on those first two wins and to build on our performance.

“We’ve had a great two week lead up to this game, we’ve looked really sharp and the squad are incredibly motivated to kick on.

“We know how important this game is for the rest of the championship. It’s a massive challenge playing against an England team that is playing really well and with a lot of confidence and we’ve got to make it difficult for them on Saturday.

“We are looking forward to it and we know the Welsh fans are too and it’s going to be a huge weekend in the Six Nations.”

Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis provide Wales’ front-row replacements with Adam Beard and Aaron Wainwright completing the forward contingent. Aled Davies, Dan Biggar and Owen Watkin provide the backline cover.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY ENGLAND

15. Liam Williams (53 Caps)
14. George North (80 Caps)
13. Jonathan Davies (70 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (12 Caps)
11. Josh Adams (8 Caps)
10. Gareth Anscombe (23 Caps)
9. Gareth Davies (38 Caps)
1. Rob Evans (32 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (61 Caps)
3. Tomas Francis (37 Caps)
4. Cory Hill (23 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (122 Caps) (CAPT)
6. Josh Navidi (13 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (61 Caps)
8. Ross Moriarty (28 Caps)

REPLACEMENTS:
16. Elliot Dee (15 Caps)
17. Nicky Smith (25 Caps)
18. Dillon Lewis (9 Caps)
19. Adam Beard (10 Caps)
20. Aaron Wainwright (5 Caps)
21. Aled Davies (13 Caps)
22. Dan Biggar (67 Caps)
23. Owen Watkin (10 Caps)

What do you think of this lineup?

10 thoughts on “Six Nations 2019: Wales team to play England

  1. Am surprised Anscombe is starting. He’s not really convinced so far and I thought Biggar might start to really test Daly. Would love to see the English defence keep him under as much pressure as they did Sexton
    Good looking team mind – back 3 look good, though I think England may target Adams’ relative inexperience
    Lovely balanced back tow as well. I think Navidi is under rated and Tipuric is always dangerous. The only improvement there would be if Falaeau was fit but Moriarty is decent.
    England bench looks stronger IMO




    1
    1. Totally agree Pablito. I thought Biggar would start, but I think he will be introduced fairly early as I think Lawes, Curry and Wilson will be putting so much pressure on Anscombe (hopefully all legal!!)
      As you say though the England bench does look stronger, but not by much. Launchbury and Ford probably just edging it in our favour.




      0
        1. Presumably Don, Ford could also come on in the event of injury and Dazza thinks he makes a stronger replacement than Biggar. I’m inclined to agree




          0
          1. Maybe Pablito, except if Ford comes on due to injury, but if Anscombe stays on, what then? Ford better than either? Unless England go on to the back foot of course, then Ford doesn’t look so good. But in any event, surely this game will be decided in other areas 1st?




            0
  2. Game will be won upfront. England have the more destructive ball carriers. I cannot see Wales holding them at the gain line for 80 mins. Once they’re on the front foot Farrell will conduct them to a win.

    As for Anscombe/Biggar. Gats got the first two games completely the wrong way around. Biggar all day on a wet track in France, likewise Anscombe on a dry track in Italy.

    What we’re left with is two players who as a result of daft selection had bang average games on the their last outings.

    I understand why he’s gone Anscombe, there’s a general acceptance that if you’re going to beat England you have to score tries. When was the last time Biggar got the backline firing? Even in games where Wales have enjoyed dominance.

    There’s pro’s and con’s to both – what we’re missing is a 10 with an all round game.




    0
      1. No, i think he was only out of the France game with a thigh strain. However he did have an extended injury period (Concussion?) around November last year if i recall.




        0
  3. If picking a combined team I think it would look something like:

    15. Liam Williams
    14. Jonny May
    13. Jonathan Davies
    12. Manu Tuilagi
    11. Jack Nowell/Elliot Daly
    10. Owen Farrell
    9. Ben Youngs
    1. Rob Evans
    2. Jamie George
    3. Kyle Sinkler
    4. Courtney Lawes
    5. Alun Wyn Jones
    6. Mark Wilson
    7. Justin Tipuric
    8. Billy Vunipola

    REPLACEMENTS:
    16. Ken Owens
    17. Ben Moon
    18. Tomas Francis
    19. Joe Launchbury
    20. Josh Navidi
    21. Gareth Davies
    22. Dan Biggar
    23. Henry Slade




    1
  4. From what I’d read, thought 1/2penny would be @ f/back? Dunno much about Josh Adams, except his attack seems accomplished, but what of his ‘D’. Also, ditto for North. Got pulled out of posi too easily for me earlier in the comp. Anscombe’s inclusion indicates that Daly may be spared again? Or maybe GA’ll mix it up? Fwds seem ok on paper (mmm?), but dunno about Hill @ lock? Fr row will need to deliver. So will the pack as a whole, incl their l/out & also br/down. Then they’ll have to defend like their lives depend on it. If they do all that..? But can they?




    0

Leave a Reply