Wales bring in North for England clash

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:24
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wales head coach Warren Gatland has decided not to change a winning recipe ahead of their Six Nations clash against England at Twickenham on Saturday. 

Gatland named an unchanged starting XV from the side that beat Scotland 34-7 in their Six Nations opener for their game against England.

There is just one change amongst the replacements with British & Irish Lion George North returning to wear jersey No.23.

Leigh Halfpenny, who scored two tries as part of his 24-point haul against the Scots, lines up again alongside Josh Adams and Steff Evans in the back three.

Hadleigh Parkes and Scott Williams continue their partnership in the midfield with Gareth Davies and Rhys Patchell the halfbacks.

It is an all-Scarlet front row once again with Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Samson Lee packing down together. Cory Hill partners captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second row and Aaron Shingler lines up alongside Josh Navidi and Ross Moriarty in the back row.

"It's great to name an unchanged starting XV, the players deserve that for a very good performance on the opening weekend," said Gatland.

"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 have had a good couple of weeks in camp and we are looking forward to going up to Twickenham."

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Cory Hill, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Rob Evans.
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 George North.

Date: Saturday, February 10
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-off: 16.45 (16.45 GMT)
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Reynal (France), Nic Berry (Australia)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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