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Six Nations 2020: Wales Team to Play England

Wales have made four changes to their starting XV to play England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Wales have made four changes to their starting XV to play England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Liam Williams and Josh Navidi return from injury to make their first appearances in Wales’ 2020 Guinness Six Nations campaign with Tomos Williams and Rob Evans also both named in the starting side.

Liam Williams comes into a hugely experienced back-three alongside fellow British & Irish Lions George North and Leigh Halfpenny.

Hadleigh Parkes and Nick Tompkins continue their partnership in midfield with Dan Biggar lining up alongside Tomos Williams at half-back.

Evans comes into the front-row, making his first start for Wales since the 2019 edition of the tournament and he will pack down alongside Ken Owens and Dillon Lewis in the front-row.

Jake Ball and captain Alun Wyn Jones partner again in the second-row, with Jones setting another Welsh record by becoming his country’s most capped player in the Six Nations with 57. In the back-row Navidi comes in to link up with Ross Moriarty and Justin Tipuric.

“We’ve had a good two weeks and we are really excited about heading up to Twickenham for what will be a huge Six Nations clash,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac.

“We have had the chance to put the disappointments of the loss to France behind us and we know heading to London we need to be more clinical in attack and convert the opportunities that we are creating.

“Liam’s return to full fitness is a positive after the loss of Josh (Adams), as is the return of Josh Navidi. We have been targeting this game for both of their returns and they have trained really well so it’s a great opportunity for them on Saturday.”

On the bench Ryan Elias, Rhys Carre and Leon Brown provide the front-row cover with Aaron Shingler and Taulupe Faletau completing the forward contingent. Rhys Webb, Jarrod Evans and Johnny McNicholl provide the backline cover.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY ENGLAND (Saturday March 7 16.45 ITV & S4C)
15. Leigh Halfpenny (88 Caps)
14. George North (94 Caps)
13. Nick Tompkins (3 Caps)
12. Hadleigh Parkes (28 Caps)
11. Liam Williams (62 Caps)
10. Dan Biggar (82 Caps)
9. Tomos Williams (19 Caps)
1. Rob Evans (38 Caps)
2. Ken Owens (65 Caps)
3. Dillon Lewis (25 Caps)
4. Jake Ball (45 Caps)
5. Alun Wyn Jones (C) (137 Caps)
6. Ross Moriarty (44 Caps)
7. Justin Tipuric (75 Caps)
8. Josh Navidi (23 Caps)

Replacements:
16. Ryan Elias (12 Caps)
17. Rhys Carre (7 Caps)
18. Leon Brown (9 Caps)
19. Aaron Shingler (26 Caps)
20. Taulupe Faletau (75 Caps)
21. Rhys Webb (32 Caps)
22. Jarrod Evans (6 Caps)
23. Johnny McNicholl (3 Caps)

4 replies on “Six Nations 2020: Wales Team to Play England”

Surprised Moriaty has been chosen over Wainwright and Falateau. Toby is just coming back into form but Wainwright has been decent for the Welsh.
One injury in the backs and Wales will struggle, I mean this in terms of quality of the actual replacement. TBF, if England get a backline injury then we are struggling too, though Slade isn’t a bad replacement to bring on.

I think whether or not Wales can deal with Tuilagi effectively is key. Stop him getting over the gain line and weather an early England onslaught then Wales is in with a shout, otherwise a long day for them.

Yes, a decent Welsh team, but will decent be enough at Twickenham? Have my doubts. Goes further back than just halting Tui. If the Welsh front & back rows don’t at least get parity, then I think it’s good night Vienna. Just don’t see England, especially at home, being dominated in the scrum, or the back row for that matter. Wales may or may not get their share of the lineout, but without the other two aforementioned areas being addressed, they’ll struggle. Therefore, England should have enough pill for Tui to pound it up & suck in the Welsh defence. Ford to then dink it over or wide, or simply pass for the predictable outnumbering try. As the match progresses, then more midfield busts likely. Maybe earlier. England to declare again by 1/2time? That’s the theory anyway, but as usual, we’ll see. Maybe Pivac WILL pull some rabbits, but from the bench, up front? I don’t think it’s breeding season. Unless England have multi-midfield injuries, their bench looks too solid for Wales. The possible exception is Faletau, but he’s just one man. Some risk of egg on face, but England by 15?

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