England travel to Grand Slam-chasing Wales as the Six Nations returns for its third round this weekend.
Wales won their opening games of the tournament – against 14-man Ireland and 14-man Scotland – but this weekend represents the toughest test of their Grand Slam credentials yet, as reigning champions England head to Cardiff.
Eddie Jones’s side will be looking to build on the victory over Italy in the last round which helped banish a few demons from that opening-round disappointment against Scotland.
Wales have only one three of the last 10 matches between the two sides, and lost both Anglo-Welsh meetings in 2020, with England coming out on top the last time the sides met, in the Autumn Nations Cup, in rainy Llanelli.
When is Wales v England?
Saturday, February 27.
What time is kick-off?
The match will start at 4.45pm GMT.
What TV channel is it on – how can I watch live?
The match will be broadcast live on BBC and S4C. The Telegraph will also be bringing you live coverage throughout the game.
What is the team news?
George North has been given the “green light” to win his 100th Wales cap against England.
North missed Wales’ second Six Nations win against Scotland last weekend with a foot injury.
But the 28-year-old British and Irish Lions star has returned to training ahead of England’s visit to Cardiff.
Wales attack coach Stephen Jones said: “George is making good progress, every day he is improving.
“He’s taken part in some sort of training already, which is great, and that’s the good thing from our perspective.
“I believe it is a full green light.”
North’s fellow centres Johnny Williams and Jonathan Davies are also back in training to strengthen head coach Wayne Pivac’s midfield options, while flanker Josh Navidi has overcome the neck injury which forced him to miss the Scotland win.
Full-back Leigh Halfpenny, who was injured at Murrayfield, and wing Hallam Amos are going through HIA protocols.
Scrum-half Tomos Williams has been ruled out with a hamstring problem.
Josh Adams, top try scorer at the 2019 World Cup, is also available after serving a two-match ban for breaching Covid-19 restrictions.
Prop Dillon Lewis has been released from Pivac’s squad due to a neck problem. The injury will prevent the 25-year-old Cardiff Blues tight-head from playing any further part in Wales’ campaign.
Uncapped Sale Sharks prop WillGriff John has been called into the squad to replace Lewis for the remaining games against England, Italy and France.
John, 28, was selected to start against Scotland in the 2020 Six Nations clash at Cardiff but the match was postponed because of coronavirus.
England’s third-choice scrum-half Harry Randall has withdrawn from the squad ahead of the clash with Wales in Cardiff because of an ankle injury.
The uncapped Randall, 23, will be replaced by Northampton’s Alex Mitchell in the 28-player squad currently preparing at their training base.
Bristol Bears scrum-half Randall was called up for the first time by Eddie Jones for the Six Nations squad after impressing him with his running and attacking style.
Jones has also called up Leicester lock-cum-flanker George Martin in place of the injured Jack Willis.
What have we said about the teams?
With such midfield depth at Wales’ disposal, Ben Coles runs through the candidates to occupy the centre jerseys for Wayne Pivac. While columnist Brian Moore argues that angst-ridden England players are a key sign that the culture has changed in Eddie Jones’ side.
Although unlikely to feature against the Welsh, Charlie Morgan looks at the call-up of Leicester’s George Martin, in this backgrounder.
Chief Rugby Writer, Mick Cleary, looks back on England’s 1991 visit to Cardiff, when Will Carling’s men ended 28 years of hurt on Welsh soil. Mick also takes a look at the battle of the Gloucester wings – Jonny May v Louis Rees-Zammit – and how the master and apprentice are set to face off.
Wales v England latest odds
What’s our prediction?
Wales might have won their opening two matches but they have had a helping hand along the way, with the opposition on both occasions having been reduced to 14 men. On the performances we have seen thus far, this Welsh side must be one of the worst-ever teams to still be on for a Grand Slam after two rounds without having played Italy.
England are not at their best, but they showed enough against Italy to suggest they are on the right path. It will be close, Wales do not lose in Cardiff often, but with no crowd England should just do enough.
Wales 17 England 23