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Five players to feature in Twickenham battle

5 March 2020

Bath Rugby will have five players on the pitch at Twickenham this weekend as England take on Wales in a vital Guinness Six Nations match (kick-off 4:45, live on ITV1).

Anthony Watson returns to the starting line-up following injury and joins Jonny May on the wings, with Elliot Daly at full back.

Charlie Ewels and Will Stuart are both named as finishers.

Meanwhile, in the Wales camp Taulupe Faletau and Rhys Webb provide forward and back-line cover, with Josh Navidi playing his first appearance in Wales’ 2020 Guinness Six Nations campaign.

Director of Rugby Stuart Hooper said: “We’re proud to see five of our Blue, Black and White will be lining up at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon. It’s testament to the quality of our players that they will be involved in this crucial Guinness Six Nations fixture.

“I’m pleased to see Anthony back in the starting line-up. He’s worked hard in rehab and training and fully deserves his starting spot.

“Charlie and Will will no doubt cause an impact off the bench, as will Taulupe and Rhys.

“The squad is focused on our trip to Sandy Park on Saturday afternoon but we’ll be keeping an eye on the match afterwards.

Sam Underhill has not been included in the matchday squad; Hooper added: “I know Sam took a knock in training and is unavailable this weekend.”

England Head Coach Eddie Jones said: “We’ve had a really good two-week preparation.

“Wales are a very tough, well-coached side and they’ve been building on their attack since Wayne Pivac has taken over.”

Wales have named a side with a hugely experienced back three, with Liam Williams returning from injury to start alongside fellow British & Irish Lions George North and Leigh Halfpenny.

“We’ve had a good two weeks and we are really excited about heading to Twickenham for what will be a huge Six Nations clash,” said Wales Head Coach Wayne Pivac.

“We have had the chance to put the disappointments of the loss to France behind us and we know heading to London we need to be more clinical in attack and convert the opportunities we are creating.”

Jones is relishing the Twickenham match-up, saying: “We’re looking forward to playing at home again getting back out in front of our fantastic fans.”

England starting XV
15 Elliot Daly (42 caps)
14 Anthony Watson (42 caps)
13 Manu Tuilagi (42 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (C) (82 caps)
11 Jonny May (55 caps)
10 George Ford (68 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (98 caps)
1 Joe Marler (70 caps)
2 Jamie George (48 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (34 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (37 caps)
5 George Kruis (44 caps)
6 Courtney Lawes (84 caps)
7 Mark Wilson (18 caps)
8 Tom Curry (22 caps)

Finishers
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (23 caps)
17 Ellis Genge (17 caps)
18 Will Stuart (2 caps)
19 Joe Launchbury (64 caps)
20 Charlie Ewels (14 caps)
21 Ben Earl (2 caps)
22 Willi Heinz (12 caps)
23 Henry Slade (28 caps)

Wales starting XV
15 Leigh Halfpenny (88 Caps)
14 George North (94 Caps)
13 Nick Tompkins (3 Caps)
12 Hadleigh Parkes (28 Caps)
11 Liam Williams (62 Caps)
10 Dan Biggar (82 Caps)
9 Tomos Williams (19 Caps)
1 Rob Evans (38 Caps)
2 Ken Owens (65 Caps)
3 Dillon Lewis (25 Caps)
4 Jake Ball (45 Caps)
5 Alun Wyn Jones (C) (137 Caps)
6 Ross Moriarty (44 Caps)
7 Justin Tipuric (75 Caps)
8 Josh Navidi (23 Caps)

Replacements:
16 Ryan Elias (12 Caps)
17 Rhys Carre (7 Caps)
18 Leon Brown (9 Caps)
19 Aaron Shingler (26 Caps)
20 Taulupe Faletau (75 Caps)
21 Rhys Webb (32 Caps)
22 Jarrod Evans (6 Caps)
23 Johnny McNicholl (3 Caps)

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