RBS Six Nations: England v Wales match preview

Last Updated: 09/03/14 8:06am

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England will bid to avenge last season's 30-3 drubbing when they renew their RBS Six Nations rivalry with Wales at Twickenham on Sunday.

The record victory in the Millennium Stadium last March saw Wales thwart England's Grand Slam attempt and seal the Six Nations title for themselves.

There is all to play for this time around, with both teams firmly in the title mix with two rounds of action remaining, while an England win would see them clinch a first Triple Crown since 2003.

Stuart Lancaster's side go into the crunch clash high in confidence after bouncing back in fine style following their opening 26-24 defeat against France.

They were totally dominant as they ran out 20-0 winners over Scotland in the Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield, before ending Ireland's bid for a Triple Crown with a 13-10 victory in an enthralling contest at Twickenham last time.

Opponents Wales began their campaign with a 23-15 success over Italy before slumping to a 26-3 defeat to Ireland next time.

However, Warren Gatland's side responded to this crushing loss by running out comfortable 27-6 winners against France in Cardiff to reignite their tournament hopes.

The visitors have won their last three games against England, a run which included a 19-12 success over the hosts on their most recent visit to Twickenham in 2012 on their way to winning the Grand Slam.

Team news

England have made one change to the team for Sunday's crunch clash with Wales, with Ben Morgan replacing the injured Billy Vunipola at number eight.

Exeter back-row Tom Johnson comes on to the bench.

For Wales, centre Jonathan Davies has been recalled to the starting line-up after four months out of the side with a torn pectoral muscle.

Lock Alun Wyn Jones will also start having missed the victory over France due to a foot infection.

Fellow lock Luke Charteris was also due to start but has now been ruled out with a neck injury with Jake Ball, who made his debut in Wales' victory over France, taking his place in the starting line-up.

Scarlets' Liam Williams drops to the bench and the Dragons' Andrew Coombs comes into the replacements.

Gatland's line-up contains 11 of the team that ended England's Grand Slam hopes last season, with Ball, scrum-half Rhys Webb, fly-half Rhys Priestland and flanker Dan Lydiate the only players involved this time who did not start that game.

England: 15 Brown, 14 Nowell, 13 Burrell, 12 Twelvetrees, 11 May, 10 Farrell, 9 Care; 1 Marler, 2 Hartley, 3 Wilson, 4 Launchbury, 5 Lawes, 6 Wood, 7 Robshaw, 8 Morgan.

Replacements: 16 T Youngs, 17 M Vunipola, 18 Thomas, 19 Attwood, 20 Johnson, 21 Dickson, 22 Ford, 23 Goode.

Wales: 15 Halfpenny, 14 Cuthbert, 13 Davies, 12 Roberts, 11 North, 10 Priestland, 9 Webb; 1 Jenkins, 2 Hibbard, 3 A Jones, 4 Charteris, 5 Wyn Jones, 6 Lydiate, 7 Warburton, 8 Faletau.

Replacements: 16 Owens, 17 James, 18 R Jones, 19 Ball, 20 Tipuric, 21 Phillips, 22 Biggar, 23 Williams.

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