Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland names unchanged team for England clash

Gatland's only switch is on the replacements' bench, where fit-again Northampton wing George North takes over from Owen Watkin.

Published: 07th February 2018 12:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th February 2018 12:30 PM   |  A+A-

Wales rugby head coach Warren Gatland (FIle | AP)

By AFP

LONDON: Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named an unchanged team for Saturday's Six Nations clash against England at Twickenham as he looks to build on a stunning opening win against Scotland.

His only switch is on the replacements' bench, where fit-again Northampton wing George North takes over from Owen Watkin.

North, who has twice been sidelined by knee injuries this season, last played for Wales when they lost to France in the final match of last season's tournament. He has scored 30 tries in 69 Wales appearances.

Wales opened their Six Nations campaign with a 34-7 thumping of Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday.

"It's great to name an unchanged starting XV," said Gatland. "The players deserve that for a very good performance on the opening weekend.

"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 (15-1)

Leigh Halfpenny; Josh Adams, Scott Williams, Hadleigh Parkes, Steffan Evans; Rhys Patchell, Gareth Davies; Ross Moriarty, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Cory Hill, Samson Lee, Ken Owens, Rob Evans

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Justin Tipuric, Aled Davies, Gareth Anscombe, George North

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