Wales name unchanged XV to face England in Six Nations clash at Twickenham

Wales name unchanged XV to face England
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Wales coach Warren Gatland names the same starting XI that beat Scotland in their Six Nations opener for Saturday's meeting with England at Twickenham.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has named the same starting XV that beat Scotland 34-7 in their Six Nations opener for Saturday's meeting with England at Twickenham.

Northampton Saints wing George North, who is back from a knee injury, takes the place of Ospreys centre Owen Watkin among the replacements in the only change to the match squad.

Cory Hill has also overcome a head blow suffered against the Scots to pack down with skipper Alun Wyn Jones in the second row.

Worcester wing Josh Adams retains his place to win a second cap, but Saracens back Liam Williams fails to make the squad despite taking full part in training on Monday.

"It's great to name an unchanged starting XV, the players deserve that for a very good performance on the opening weekend," Gatland is quoted by BBC Sport as saying.

"We have made one change on the bench, with George coming in for Owen (Watkin), which is tough on Owen but Josh (Adams) picked up a slight strain last weekend so George provides us a bit more cover there.

"We know how tough it is going to be against that huge English forward pack. They are really going to test us.

"England have been in great form the last couple of years so we know the challenge we face but we have had a good couple of weeks in camp and we are looking forward to going up to Twickenham."

Wales starting XV: Halfpenny (Scarlets); Adams (Worcester), S Williams (Scarlets), Parkes (Scarlets), S Evans (Scarlets); Patchell (Scarlets), G Davies (Scarlets); R Evans (Scarlets), Owens (Scarlets), Lee (Scarlets), Hill (Dragons), AW Jones (Ospreys capt), Shingler (Scarlets), Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Moriarty (Gloucester)

Wales replacements: Dee (Dragons), W Jones (Scarlets), Francis (Exeter Chiefs), B Davies (Ospreys), Tipuric (Ospreys), A Davies (Scarlets), Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), North (Northampton)

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