England continue their Six Nations campaign at Twickenham against Warren Gatland’s Wales, after the two sides made contrasting starts to this season’s tournament.
- England vs Wales
- 4:45 pm, Saturday, February 10th
- Twickenham, London
It wasn’t exactly the kick-start England wanted to their campaign when they travelled to Rome last week to face perennial losers Italy, but they still returned to the UK with four points against their name.
Scott Borthwick’s side were outscored three tries to two despite the 27-24 scoreline, relying on the boot of George Ford to guide them to victory - a first opening Six Nations win in five years - but nevertheless there were some promising signs in attack which hopefully, can only get better.
They have named an unchanged side - the first time England have done so since 2019 - in the hope that they can continue to grow and improve, particularly in defence after struggling in Rome under the tutelage of new defence coach Felix Jones, but they should fancy their chances at home to Wales.
Warren Gatland’s side on the other hand showed spirit in their comeback against Scotland which came up just short, scoring 26 unanswered second-half points in the 27-26 defeat.
Wales have made seven changes to their starting XV as a reflection of the poor start they made in Cardiff but history is against them as they travel to Twickenham.
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England vs Wales Betting Tips
Here are our picks for the meeting at Twickenham, looking at one try-scorer and one bet builder.
Rio Dyer to score anytime for Wales
Dyer has made a real impression since making a try-scoring debut for Wales against the All Blacks in 2022. He has established himself on the wing since then and scored twice in the Six Nations last season, and got his name on the scoreboard against Scotland last week.
He has five tries in total this season, and with England’s weaknesses in defence and struggles to adopt the blitz defence so far, we think he could have some joy out wide.
At 14/5 he is not a gimme, but keep an eye out for him because his pace will cause the England defence problems.
England to score over 22.5, over 4.5 penalties in the match and England -4.5
We’re expecting England to get over the line in the this game, but it might not be as straightforward as they would like.
Since 2016 they have averaged 24.5 points per game at Twickenham against Wales and given the struggles of Gatland to put out an experienced and competitive side, points should not be a problem - it’s likely just to be a question of how big the winning margin is.
However we think they will be relying on the boot of George Ford once again. There may be an effort to play more rugby, but the result comes first for Borthwick as was evidenced by the six penalties against Ford’s name in Rome.
For the first time in five years, England have been able to name an unchanged XV. It means George Ford continues at 10 having guided the team to last week’s win with 17 points from his boot. Marcus Smith remains out injured for the immediate future, while Ollie Lawrence is likely to return after the break so Fraser Dingwall has a big opportunity to impress.
- George (c)
Warren Gatland has rung the changes for the trip to Twickenham, with seven changes from the dramatic defeat to Scotland on the opening weekend. George North is one of the players to come in - making his 50th Six Nations appearance - while there is a complete change to the front row and Ioan Lloyd is promoted from the bench to start at 10 after coming off the bench in Cardiff.
- Jenkins (c)
Check out the last five results between Italy and England in the Six Nations below.
|Wales 10-20 England
|England 23-19 Wales
|Wales 40-24 England
|England 33-30 Wales
|Wales 21-13 England