Result: England 23-19 Wales

England manage a narrow victory over Wales at Twickenham.

England's World Cup preparations began with a narrow 23-19 victory against Wales at Twickenham.

The hosts led 13-7 at the break after a James Haskell try and a penalty and drop-goal from Jonny Wilkinson, with George North touching down for the visitors.

Manu Tuilagi extended England's lead after half-time with a try but Wales fought back when Shane Williams touched down.

Welsh full-back Morgan Stoddart was stretchered off in the second-half with a broken leg, while England captain Lewis Moody was taken off with a suspected knee injury.

Another Wilkinson drop goal edged the 2003 World Cup winners further ahead before a second North try set up a tense finish.

Manu Tuilagi
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