Thu 26 Nov 2020 | 01:21

Farrell takes centre stage against Wales

Farrell takes centre stage against Wales
Thu 26 Nov 2020 | 01:21
Farrell takes centre stage against Wales

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England will have a new pivot when they face Wales at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday.


George Ford returns to the starting line-up at flyhalf, after returning from injury as a finisher in last week’s 18-7 win over Ireland. Captain Owen Farrell moves to inside centre with Henry Slade at outside centre.

After becoming England men’s joint second highest try scorer against Ireland, Jonny May continues at left wing while Jonathan Joseph is on the right wing. Elliot Daly retains his place at fullback and Ben Youngs is scrumhalf.

England name an unchanged forward pack. In the back row, Billy Vunipola will play at No.8, with Tom Curry (blindside) and Sam Underhill (openside) as flanks.

Mako Vunipola (loose-head prop), Kyle Sinckler (tight-head prop) and Jamie George (hooker) make up the front row. Maro Itoje remains at lock with Joe Launchbury to complete the tight five.

Luke Cowan-Dickie and Anthony Watson return from injury as finishers. They are joined by Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jonny Hill, Dan Robson, Will Stuart and Jack Willis.

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“We’re expecting another tough match, and at the home of Welsh Rugby where the heart and soul of their game is,” Jones said.

“Twelve months ago, Wales were Grand Slam champions and three points from a World Cup final, so we know what they are capable of


“We’ve picked the best 23 players for the battle and we’re looking forward to it greatly.”

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonathan Joseph, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 Joe Launchbury, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Jack Willis, 22 Dan Robson, 23 Anthony Watson.

Date: Saturday, November 28
Venue: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli.
Kick-off: 16:00 (16.00 GMT)
Referee: Romain Poite
Assistant referees: Pascal Gauzere, Alex Ruiz
TMO: Brian MacNeice


PV: 19
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