Wales v England: Ben Moon & Jack Nowell start in Cardiff

By Chris Jones

BBC rugby union correspondent

Moon (left) will be making most attention-grabbing his third global initiate, whereas Nowell wins his thirty second England cap
Six Countries: Wales v England
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday 23 February Kick-off: 16:forty five GMT
Coverage: Continue to exist BBC One, S4C, BBC Radio 5 dwell, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport net site and BBC Sport app, plus dwell textual jabber commentary.

Prop Ben Moon and cruise Jack Nowell both initiate for England as head coach Eddie Jones makes two enforced changes for Saturday’s Six Countries showdown with Wales in Cardiff.

With Mako Vunipola injured, Moon is named in the initiating XV with Ellis Genge on the bench.

Nowell is accessible in for Chris Ashton, who has been dominated out with a calf philosophize.

Fly Joe Cokanasiga and flanker Brad Shields, who maintain no longer featured to this level in 2019, are amongst the replacements.

“England and Wales is continually a expansive sport – intense rivals and there’s the historical context to it – nonetheless for us it is miles our most indispensable sport because it is miles our next sport and that is how we’re treating it,” said head coach Jones.

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England maintain chosen to maintain the Principality Stadium roof commence for the match. Wales secured a renowned 30-3 accumulate with the roof closed in 2013, nonetheless were denied their handle to play every match indoors in the 2017 event.

Since then, the away group must agree if the roof is to be closed.

England began their marketing campaign with a renowned accumulate against Ireland in Dublin, before backing that up by thumping France at Twickenham.

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Adam Jones & Joe Marler’s mixed Wales & England XV

However Saturday’s match against an unbeaten Wales will be their stiffest be troubled yet, constant with Jones.

“It be all about Wales, we’re playing seemingly one of the indispensable attention-grabbing group ever,” he said.

“Their avid gamers are fleshy of emotion and it is miles maybe the most attention-grabbing sport they’ll play of their lives.

“We maintain now had a honest valid week honest valid focusing on ourselves and focusing on getting our preparation honest valid.”

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Danny Care remembers an eventful pre-match dawdle via Cardiff

Shields is preferred to Nathan Hughes amongst the replacements with Jones expecting a “excessive work-price sport”.

“Every time you play against a Warren Gatland aspect you will be capable of moreover very properly be playing against a aspect that is going to be very bodily on the build line,” Jones added.

“They’re consistently very match so it is a must maintain to execute inch you accumulate the build line and then earn opportunities of where you are going to assault them.”


With Nowell a shoo-in to substitute the injured Ashton, the relevant stressful name for Jones change into at free-head prop where Ben Moon is tasked with changing Mako Vunipola and Ellis Genge will provide vitality off the bench.

No subject England being favourites after their two spectacular shows to this level, Jones has persevered his quest for the underdog mark. He insisted that Saturday is all about Wales, that England are going via one of the indispensable attention-grabbing Wales group ever and that this is able to presumably presumably moreover moreover be one of the indispensable attention-grabbing day of the Wales avid gamers’ lives.


  • England could presumably possibly moreover proper a account sixth consecutive accumulate against Wales in the Championship.
  • They’ve won six of their last seven Assessments in all competitions against Wales, collectively with the last four in a row.
  • The last four Six Countries suits between these aspects maintain all been decided by a margin of six aspects or fewer.
  • Wales’ last accumulate over England in the Six Countries change into by a account margin of 30-3 in 2013.
  • The two countries maintain met 131 events, with England leading by 62 wins to 57, with 12 draws.

England group to face Wales: Daly; Nowell, Slade, Tuilagi, Could possibly presumably; Farrell, Youngs; Moon, George, Sinckler, Lawes, Kruis, Wilson, Curry, B Vunipola.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Williams, Launchbury, Shields, Robson, Ford, Cokanasiga.

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