WALES v ENGLAND BETTING PREVIEW
Wales arrive in the European rugby's showpiece competition following a stirring victory over southern hemisphere heavyweights South Africa. It was their first victory over one of the southern hemisphere big three since 2008 - their second victory over South Africa of all time.
The hosts are largely unaffected by injuries. They have received a boost in their starting lineup, as big George North comes back onto the wing. The Welsh team shows just two changes from the side that defeated South Africa in their last outing in November. Leigh Halfpenny starts at full-back, with Liam Williams having to make do with a spot on the bench.
England finished second in the 2014 Six Nations, only missing out on the title - won by Ireland - on points difference. The Three Lions hav won the Triple Crown by beating Wales, Scotland and Ireland last year! Anyway, they have lost to a South Africa side in the autumn who Wales subsequently beat.
Lancaster’s men have been decimated by injuries. The team features only nine survivors from the side that started the 26-17 victory over Australia at Twickenham in November. David Wilson has been ruled out, joining the likes of Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury, Ben Morgan, Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi among the absentees. In their absence, the English manager has handed five players their Six Nations debuts: Jonathan Joseph, George Ford, Dave Attwood, Anthony Watson and George Kruis are all set to start.
Wales, the 2012 and 2013 Six Nations champions, lost both of their away games last season - including England at Twickenham. England have lost their last two trips to Wales without having managed to get into double figures. The Dragons recorded a comprehensive win in this fixture two years ago – when they finishe the match with their biggest ever margin of victory (30-3) over their fierce rivals.
WALES v ENGLAND LINEUPSWALES: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Paul James, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Liam Williams.
ENGLAND: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 James Haskell, 5 George Kruis, 4 Dave Attwood, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Nick Easter, 20 Tom Croft, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Billy Twelvetrees.
WALES v ENGLAND PREVIOUS RESULTS
2014: England won 29-18 at Twickenham
2013: Wales won 30-3 in Cardiff
2012: Wales won 19-12 in London
2011: Wales won 19-9 in Cardiff
2011: England won 23-19 in London
2011: England won 26-19 in Cardiff
2010: England won 30-17 in London
WALES v ENGLAND BEST ODDS
|WALES|| 5.00 with||Bet £10, win £50.00|
|THE DRAW|| 23.00 with||Bet £10, win £23.00|
|ENGLAND||9.00 with||Bet £10, win £90.00|
WALES v ENGLAND PREDICTIONS
- Winner: Wales @ 5.00
- Winning Margin: Wales by 11-15 @ 8.50
- HT/FT: Wales/Wales @ 2.20
- Total Tries: Over 3.5 @ 2.62