Six Nations 2019: England Squad to Play Wales

Ellis Genge

England head coach Eddie Jones has retained 25 players to continue their preparation ahead of Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations match against Wales in Cardiff (KO 445pm live on BBC).

Maro Itoje (Saracens) will remain at PennyHill Park this week to continue with his rehabilitation.

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)
Brad Shields (Wasps)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)
Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens) captain
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Dan Robson (Wasps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

22 thoughts on “Six Nations 2019: England Squad to Play Wales

  1. Moon, Geo, Sinck, Lawes, Kruis, Wilson, BV, Curry, Young’s, Farrell, May, Tui, Slade, Nowell & Daly to start for Jones, I think. Launch should start in place of Kruis IMO. He’s more versatile, skilled with ball in hand, carries, jumps, leads by e.g., keeps his thinking & engine going & doesn’t wilt under pressure. Good qualities for a leader in fact. Similar scenario, but in reverse, to the generally perceived result expectation of the Ire v Eng match? If Wales score 1st (via a try, not a pen) & fairly early, they might give themselves a chance. If Eng do so, it could be good night Vienna due to a confidence, or belief thing, as much as anything. Don’t see England changing tactics, unless Wales get a significant jump start. In fact I can see Eng being even more pragmatic than in their prev 2 matches. The ? then will be & perhaps in any case, can Wales stand up through out the game & right to the end? A def maybe I think. Mind you, just to hedge a bit & so that I don’t have too many hens laying eggs on my face, a few thought that in, was it 2013, as well? Makes for a case of; ‘Keep calm & don’t panic Capt’n Mainwaring’?!

    1. A few people have mentioned similarities between this and the 2013 game.

      I’m not convinced though. My memory of that 6 nations were England starting well and getting worse as it went on. Wales were the opposite. I remember England played Italy the week before and were terrible. I had a bad feeling before that game.

      This time England have actually played well so far.

      1. I wish people would stop bringing that game up!
        Think Don has the team spot on.
        As for the bench thought we might see Brown over Cokasaniga and personally think that might have been the better choice for this match. EJ clearly thinks he has enough FB cover though. Could be a long day if Biggar targets Daly on the high ball
        Still, am excited to see Coksaniga again and hope he gets some game time.
        Other than that I imagine the other bench change will be Genge in at prop. Although I rather hope we see Shields rather than Hughes.
        Re Kruis and Launchbury, I think if you have Kruis in the team, he’s a starter as I can’t see him adding much from the bench – unlike Launchbury

        1. Maybe Launch could have an impact from the start Pablito? Def should include Brown on the bench @ least IMO, but wouldn’t be surprised to see him excluded again. May give Cocka a seat though, esp if Jones anticipates an England win. The Welsh will need to get sufficient ball In order to pepper Daly. Also, will they want to kick too much away, particularly if they’re starved of the pill? In any event, presumably Biggar, will need to be spot on aerially. Conversely, Wales will need a fit1/2penny methinks.

        2. I also have a sneaky feeling we may see Brown in the 23, but whilst I could understand it, I would rather see Cokanasiga.
          I definitely agree with you about Shileds and Hughes. Hughes has offered little when he’s come off the bench and I think Wilson at 8 offers something different.
          Genge fired up off the bench could be interesting, as long as he doesn’t lose his cool!!
          Also agree with your view on Kruis and Launchbury. Kruis is the man organising the line-out on the field, his communication with George is key for the functionality of this and it has worked well so far, why change it.

          1. D(D). ‘Why change it’? For the reasons I’ve mentioned. Can’t Launch call a line out? How do England address this ‘ssue’ if/ when JL comes on? Not a ? of fixing it, but rather 1 of improving it.

          2. nice to see that my point about the back row subs is finally being acknowledged after all the stick i got before the two previous games. A prophet in his own land and all that……….

        3. That game has absolutely no bearing on this one, or it shouldn’t do. To my mind it is plain stupid to base anything on a game that is six years old. Yes, there is a carry over of certain players on both sides but so what?
          If We have the right approach we will win but… it’s Cardiff, Gats is a canny old dog and it’s a World Cup year. What could possibly go wrong!?

      2. TTD. Doubt that the parallel past match will have any significance, unless either side, particularly England, let it. Jones wasn’t around, so may only enter his thinking as a ploy to spur his team on. Wonder how many were involved, from either team, in 2013?

        1. MT. The ref’s name’s not Nigel is it? If so, better hope he doesn’t, or the Welsh fr row don’t, read yr remark!

          1. Ahh good old Steve Walsh and his hatred of the English. Its funny how after that game he only reffed 1 more England game (an Autumn international) was left out of the referee pool for the world cup in 2015 and then quit all together.

            1. Is it also ‘funny’ TTD, that you still seem to ‘hate’ Steve Walsh. What relevance this has in the here & now though, beats me. Because he on 1 occasion opined to an English player to that he should ‘get on with it’ perhaps? Anyway, Walsh moved to ref in Oz. Rumoured that he had a drink issue. May have impacted his career? That he DiD ref England again though, presumably meant that his outspoken view was put behind him by the IRB. Unlike yr’s?

    2. Totally agree re Launch but still hoping Itoje might be fit. Problem is that if Launch starts Kruis does not bring much from the bench. Would like to see Brown at 15 instead of Daly but it won’t happen. Hope he at least gets on the bench.

  2. For England. Tuilagi, Farrell, Youngs, Launchbury and Lawes played. So did Ashton, Cole and M Vunipola from the wider squad. For Wales. Halfpenny, Davies, North, Biggar, AWJ and Tipuric all started. And Liam Williams and Owens came off the bench. I think this is correct.

    Interesting that 8 from each squad remain, so pretty much two thirds turnover in both teams.

    Hopefully enough from the English squad to remember what happened without too many scars being there!

      1. That’s true! It’s just that it’s Wales in Cardiff for a big game. Maybe it’s just us supporters that have the scars.

          1. As and England fan I take confidence from the list of players no longer involved from each side. Wales had some great players playing that day whereas England had a few that, for want of a better expression, were filling the gap:

            Adam Jones
            Jamie Roberts

            All the aforementioned had stellar Wales careers and contributed greatly to Wales’ six nations successes of the early to mid 2000’s

            T Young’s
            T Wood
            B Barrett

            We were also callow in experience and not ready for the magnitude of the test match so I subscribe to the idea that 2013 should have any bearing on the weekend and can’t be used as an excuse by England

            1. I´d take Barrett in front of Roberts any time and Youngs was a Lions hooker. Neither of them were “filling a gap”, so I think you are being a bit harsh SJ.

              1. Agreed ref Youngs Andy, I would take that back but agree to disagree ref Roberts vs Barrett.

                In actual fact Youngs was dropped for Hibbard on the 2013 Lions tour so the point of player vs player and Wales being stronger still stands…

                1. Alghough you didn’t list Hibbard in yr original list SJ? Interesting to know how many of this ‘inferior’ England team faced NZ in 2012?

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