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Test Preview – Wales v England


Last week England got the better of Wales at home but this week they need to travel to Cardiff to face them in their own back yard.

It was a great start for Jones men as they build towards the World Cup next month in Japan.

They dominate most of the test last week for longer periods of time and would want to improve in that regard this week.

Jones made a few changes to the side with Ruaridh McConnochie who is set to win his first England cap after being named in the starting line-up to face Wales.

There are three other changes to the starting XV with Maro Itoje named in the second-row while Courtney Lawes will play at blindside flanker with Lewis Ludlam moving to openside.

Jones have included this week Owen Farrell, Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler in the matchday 23

It is still a mix and match team for this weekend test as Jones try to get to his best XV.

Wales coach Gatland made only three changes to his starting XV.

Jake Ball comes in at the second row with Alun Wyn Jones with Davies moving to the back-row with Wainwright and Moriarty.

Dan Bigger will start at ten with Davies at nine. The rest of the backs remains the same as last week.

The question is if Wales can turn it around from last weeks disappointment. This is a test which you should not miss.


Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 James Davies, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Nicky Smith
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Aaron Shingler, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Owen Watkin

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Ruaridh McConnochie, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Joe Cokanasiga, 10 George Ford (c), 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Lewis Ludlam, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 George Kruis, 20 Jack Singleton, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Manu Tuilagi

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