England travels to Cardiff this afternoon to face Wales in one of the highly anticipated games on the six-nation calendar

Eddie Jones’s squad have got off to a somewhat sluggish start in defending their first six-nation title since 2017, with a first Calcutta Cup home defeat to Scotland since 1983, followed by a fairly routine win against perennial fighters Italy in Twickenham

England is facing a massive test after the first weekend of rest Wales must complete a triple crown and keep their bid for a second Grand Slam in three years alive as they deal a devastating blow to their fierce rivals

It was an exciting opening for this year’s Six Nations by the hosts, who survived a hot 2020

Despite a string of injuries, Wayne Pivac’s men beat Ireland 21:16 and Scotland 25:24, despite being given red cards on both occasions and Peter O’Mahony and Zander Fagerson each getting their marching orders

The game will be played behind closed doors at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff due to regulatory restrictions related to coronavirus

TV Station: Wales vs England will be broadcast live on BBC One today The reporting starts at 4 p.m.

Live Stream: Fans can also watch the game online via the BBC Sports website or the BBC iPlayer

George North turns 100 Won international for Wales as part of a highly experienced partnership at the centers with Jonathan Davies

Liam Williams moves to full-back, with Leigh Halfpenny missing, while Scarlet’s scrum half Kieran Hardy only makes his third international appearance in the senior team instead of the injured Tomos Williams

In the pack, Josh Navidi is fit for blindside flankers, so Aaron Wainwright makes room

England made two changes to the team that beat Italy 41:18 Jamie George returned to the hooker and Luke Cowan-Dickie returned to the bench

Courtney Lawes is out for the rest of the Six Nations with a chest injury sustained on Wednesday after a slip in training Therefore, Mark Wilson packs again on the blindside

The only other change in Jones’ roster comes on the bench, where George Martin, who sits in the back row of Leicester without a cap, replaces Jack Willis, who is likely to miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury he has suffered national debut against the Azzurri after a hit on his six
Wales XV: L Williams; Rees-Zammit, North, J. Davies, Adams; Biggar, Hardy; W Jones, Owens, Francis; Bart, AW Jones (c); Navidi, Tipuric, Faletau

England XV: Daly; Watson, Slade, Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler; Itoje, hill; Wilson, Curry, B Vunipola

These old opponents have met 136 times, with England recording 65 wins against Wales 59. There were 12 draws

England won both games last year in the Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cups, while splitting two World Cup warm-ups in 2019 after Jones’ side suffered a 21-13 defeat in Cardiff earlier this season / p>

Wales have done very well indeed, recovering from a lazy spell with injuries and claiming back-to-back wins A triple crown is certainly achievable this weekend, especially with the likes of Adams and Davies and the young wing of Gloucester, Louis Rees -Zammit in an exciting form

It has to be said, however, that they weren’t particularly convincing in either game against 14 men

Troubled England so far has flattered itself to be fooled and needs improvement to get away from Cardiff with a positive result

It should be a great spectacle despite the lack of atmosphere in one of the best sports venues in Europe caused by the absence of fans

A close victory would not be a surprise either way, but we will choose England just to have a typically fierce and outrageously physical battle

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