North, Biggar get Wales all-clear for England

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:29
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Star backs George North and Dan Biggar were both included Thursday in the Wales XV for their Six Nations international against England in Cardiff on Saturday after they each overcame injury problems.

Powerhouse wing North was seen limping heavily following Wales's tournament-opening 33-7 win away to Italy in Rome last weekend, while flyhalf Biggar came off at half-time at Rome's Olympic Stadium. 

Up front, coach Rob Howley has changed his props with Rob Evans and Tomas Francis replacing Nicky Smith and Samson Lee after impressing off the bench against Italy.

The only personnel change to Wales's matchday 23 sees Bath No.8 Taulupe Faletau, sidelined since since a knee injury on Christmas Eve, on the bench.

Grand Slam champions England, who started the defence of their Six Nations title with a scrappy 19-16 win over France at Twickenham last weekend, named their side earlier Thursday.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sam Warburton, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Taulupe Faletau, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Jamie Roberts.

Date: Saturday, February 11 
Venue: Millenium Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 16.50 (16.50 GMT)
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gauzère (France), Nick Briant (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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