England vs Wales is a clash of brute power with sublime hands - it should be an epic
11 February, 2018, 03:44
It's the rugby that brings the two nations together and the history of the games.
England and Wales relied on kicking games in a constant drizzle to pressure, and England was better at it against a Wales side rocked before the match by the withdrawal of fullback Leigh Halfpenny, forcing a first championship start on Gareth Anscombe.
Every team has a player who likes a practical joke, but England have a double act. "You have to respect all that but it is not something we tap into to win games". Their method was different, executing moves from set plays where George Ford and Owen Farrell exploited the 20-metre gap between defenders at lineouts to get the ball wide.
The great thing about playing away in Italy or France is that they have great functions afterwards with lots of awesome food and facilities.
"I've got a slightly better haircut now compared to back then, but not too much!" It was the size of a TV screen - a metre by a metre-and-a-half - and it had the Italy and England badges in the middle and tasted absolutely fantastic.
"All we say is just to be respectful". "We don't have any fear about going up there".
Saturday's victors will be firmly on the road to a possible Six Nations title and Grand Slam triumph, yet as much interest surrounds the tactical battle between two revered rugby brains. "I think Wales are good enough to win but I just think England's strength in depth is up there with the All Blacks", the legendary scrm-half told Omnisport.
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The 72-cap man also missed the entirety of the autumn internationals and Gatland clearly did not back him to last 80 minutes, as well as trusting Adams to do the business on just his second global appearance.
"Everything is geared towards Saturday, we don't use history, we don't use past games, we don't look at trends, it's history". Predominantly though our focus is on the next game.
Thomas said during his halftime assessment: "If you want my opinion on the decision I'd probably never work on television again". "I knew the team had the potential to do it and we've seen Scarlets do it week in, week out in the Pro14".
"Danny is more of a running player, which means the kicking duties will be shared a bit more", said Jones of the Harlequins No9.
The Red Roses beat Wales 63-0 in Cardiff previous year, but after a one-point win over Scotland in round one, the Welsh will be in high spirits crossing the Severn Bridge. But we have the advantage of playing at the Stoop this weekend which really feels like playing at home.
Julie-Ann Haines, chief customer officer at Principality Building Society, said: "Wales is a nation of proud rugby supporters and we know many family bonds are founded on a shared passion for the sport, which is evident in the Willington family".
"There are obviously going to be questions marks [around Rhys]", said the Wales captain. "They had no expectation on them last Saturday". There were no big scorelines in round one but both England vs. Italy and Wales vs. Scotland were very tough matches.
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