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England v Wales – Old Mutual Wealth Cup Preview

Sunday’s inaugural Old Mutual Wealth Cup at Twickenham will see England take on Wales, with both sides preparing for major summer tours to Australia and New Zealand. The game will be a rematch of the classic Six Nations encounter and will be anything but an end of season friendly.

Eddie Jones was able to select a strong squad for the game, but he will be without his contingent of Saracens and Exeter players who will be contesting the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday. But the Australian has named four uncapped players in the match day 23.

Harrison to make England debut

Northampton Saints star Teimana Harrison will make his England debut at blindside flanker, after a stellar season with the East Midlands giants.

The 23-year-old went to the same high school as Six Nations winning skipper Dylan Hartley (Rotorua Boys School) and qualifies for England through his English father. After enjoying a breakout season, Jones has rewarded him with a Test Match debut and place in the squad for the Australia tour.

At number eight Jack Clifford will make his full debut, after several appearances off the bench during the Six Nations. While James Haskell will continue his role at openside flanker, with Matt Kvesic offering cover from the bench.

While Tommy Taylor and Ellis Genge could make their England debuts from the bench; along with centre Ollie Devoto.

In the backs Luther Burrell returns to the inside centre jersey for the first time since last August, while Marland Yarde starts on the wing in the absence of Jack Nowell.

Eddie Jones said, “This is an important Test match and a great opportunity for us to play some positive, physical rugby. We are a young team learning our craft, Wales are an experienced team; it’ll be great test for us.

“We can’t wait to get back Twickenham to play in front of a massive crowd. England versus Wales is a special occasion and we look forward to giving our loyal fans something to cheer about.”

Gatland selects strong team for England clash

Warren Gatland has been able to select a near full strength Wales side for the Old Mutual Cup clash, with Sam Warburton and Jonathan Davies the only notable absentees.

Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty replaces Warburton, winning his sixth Wales cap. While Dan Lydiate moves to openside flanker and takes over the captaincy.

In the backs the likes of Dan Biggar, George North, Jamie Roberts and Liam Williams all feature, meaning this will be a proper Test Match.


The Wales coach said: “It will be an important hit-out for both teams and as ever it will be an important Test match as it’s England v Wales at Twickenham.

“There is a lot of continuity in our squad and a great amount of experience and that is going to be vital over the next five weeks.”

This will be a must-see encounter.

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England pick squad for Old Mutual Wealth Cup game at Twickenham

Eddie Jones has selected a strong 26-man squad for England’s Old Mutual Wealth Cup match against Wales at Twickenham on Sunday.

The Six Nations champions will be without their contingent of Saracens and Exeter Chiefs players including Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, George Kruis and Jack Nowell; who are contesting the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday.

However they are able to recall several of the stars who shone during their Grand Slam winning campaign, while some uncapped players could get the chance to showcase their talents.

One of the notable omissions is Danny Cipriani who has enjoyed one of his finest seasons and will join up with Wasps ahead of the 2016-17 season.

After a training camp in Brighton, Cipriani was unable to force his way into the squad for the Australia tour, but will travel with the England Saxons to South Africa.

Jones said on the 28-year-old: “It’s never the end. The door is always open. He came down to Brighton and put his best foot forward. He’s got some work to do on his game if he’s going to dislodge the other two boys.”

With Owen Farrell struggling with a rib injury, it could be a case of Jones holding Cipriani back in case he has to call upon him for the Australia tour.

England could field exciting back-row for Wales clash

England v Wales was probably the best game of the 2016 Six Nations as the hosts avenged their World Cup defeat with a 25-21 victory.

The battle at the breakdown was crucial that day and will again be a pivotal area of the game on Sunday and Jones has given himself the option of fielding an exciting and dynamic back-row.

Teimana Harrison has been one of the Premierships form players in the second half of the season, forcing his way into the squad for the Australia series. The 23-year-old has the ability to cover openside and number eight, while his work at the breakdown has been superb.

Matt Kvesic is another who has really impressed this season in a struggling Gloucester side, he has maintained a high-level of performance and is a master of stealing ball at the ruck.

While Jack Clifford made steady progress throughout the Six Nations during his first season of international rugby. Like Harrison he is a versatile performer and has been a constant in Jones’s plans and could get his first start.

With world ranking points and the Old Mutual Wealth Cup at stake, this will be anything but an end of season friendly as both sides prepare for huge summer tours of Australia and New Zealand respectively.

Predicted England Rugby XV v Wales:
15. Mike Brown
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Ollie Devoto
11. Marland Yarde
10. George Ford
9. Danny Care
8. Jack Clifford
7. Matt Kvesic
6. Chris Robshaw
5. Courtney Lawes
4. Joe Launchbury
3. Paul Hill
2. Dylan Hartley ©
1. Matt Mullan

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