Dewi Morris: Battle of the No 8's will decide the outcome of England v Wales
Dewi Morris says that Ben Morgan has to become a demolition man if England are to beat Wales.
By Dewi Morris
Last Updated: 06/03/14 9:01am
Billy Vunipola is a huge loss for England but one man's loss is another man's game and this could be the defining game for Ben Morgan.
He has a huge job though - in this campaign all England's go forward has come from Billy Vunipola and Morgan really has to match that - if not do more against a very physical Welsh side. Vunipola's work has allowed Danny Care to really sparkle and Care has been a breath of fresh air to England's attacking play.
Morgan has come off the bench very well and he has to step up and take on the mantle of England's one-man wrecking ball. I am sure England's front five will get parity and their lineout will go well too, so for me it will be down to who carries the ball the best - Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau or Ben Morgan!
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Wales also have Jonathan Davies back and that is a huge plus for them. You make exceptions for certain players and Davies is one of those players that you want straight back into your side.
He would not be in the side if he was not fit and raring to go. He adds just so much to the Welsh backline and certainly adds a bit more spice in the midfield. You have the experience of him and Jamie Roberts against two youngsters in Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees. Wales will certainly come to attack right up the middle - England know where the threats are coming from but can they stop them?
George North moves back to the win and him and Alex Cuthbert are two very strong and powerful runners. England's back three will be sorely tested but i have been impressed by them - especially by Mike Brown who will play a key role on Sunday. England's back three are not scared to have a go and Brown will not only lead that, but also make sure they are strong in defence.
In the back of England's mind will be the drubbing the got - and deserved - in Cardiff last year. They have to right a wrong and I think that will add an extra bit of spice to this game. That defeat will have certainly stoked the fires within England and there is definitely a bit of revenge in mind. Wales have had the sign over England of late but it is up to Stuart Lancaster - who I have been immeasurably impressed with - to get his team past that. Under him this team are going places and I think they are going to develop into a very good side and while I don't think they will be quite ready for the World Cup in 2015, watch out for them in 2019.
So who do I think is going to win on Sunday? Well I can't split them so I am going for a draw! They are so well and evenly balanced that I just cannot call it. We shall see what happens.
Before Sunday we have the U20s game on Friday night which should be a cracking game. If it is anything like the junior world cup final then it is well worth tuning in to Sky Sports to catch it. Jack Nowell was part of that England Under-20 team that defeated Wales 23-15 in the final and look where he is now. It is such a fantastic competition and is the next step up from your club before hitting the Saxons. It will be a real fire and brimstone game and will certainly whet the appetite for Sunday's action!