Gatland retains winning formula

07 February 2018 01:03:51 GMTPlus10
George North returns to take his place on the Wales bench.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named an unchanged XV for what he expects to be a truly testing Six Nations clash with England at Twickenham.

The only change to the matchday squad sees winger George North return on the bench after recovering from injury, while there is no place for Liam Williams, who is set to feature for his club side, Saracens, instead.

We know how tough it is going to be against that huge English forward pack.

Warren Gatland

And Gatland is full of confidence in his players, with Wales having opened their campaign with a thumping 34-7 victory over Scotland in Cardiff.

He told reporters: "It's great to name an unchanged starting XV - the players deserve that for a very good performance on the opening weekend.

"We have made one change on the bench, with George coming in for Owen Watkin, which is tough on Owen, but Josh Adams picked up a slight strain last weekend so George provides us a bit more cover there.

"We know how tough it is going to be against that huge English forward pack. They are really going to test us.

"England have been in great form the last couple of years so we know the challenge we face, but we are looking forward to going up to Twickenham."

Wales XV: Halfpenny (Scarlets); Adams (Worcester), S Williams (Scarlets), Parkes (Scarlets), S Evans (Scarlets); Patchell (Scarlets), G Davies (Scarlets); R Evans (Scarlets), Owens (Scarlets), Lee (Scarlets), Hill (Dragons), AW Jones (Ospreys capt), Shingler (Scarlets), Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Moriarty (Gloucester).

Replacements: Dee (Dragons), W Jones (Scarlets), Francis (Exeter Chiefs), B Davies (Ospreys), Tipuric (Ospreys), A Davies (Scarlets), Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), North (Northampton).

Wales are 6.00 to win at Twickenham on Saturday, with the visitors 2.50 to open the scoring and 3.00 to score the first try of the game.

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