Steve Borthwick has picked his England team to play Wales in the second round of the 2024 Six Nations at Twickenham.
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Under Borthwick’s leadership, England has faced setbacks, including a record home defeat by France and a historic loss to Fiji in their last Twickenham outing. Despite a challenging home record, England managed to secure a third-place finish at the World Cup in October.
In an effort to reverse the team’s poor home form, according to RUCK sources, Borthwick has chosen to maintain consistency.
There’s just one alteration to the bench, that sees vice captain Ellis Genge return after recovering from a foot injury.
The sold-out second-round game of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations sees Jamie George lead England out as captain for the first time at the home of England Rugby. The hooker packs down in the front row with Joe Marler at loosehead and Will Stuart on the tighthead.
At lock, vice-captain Maro Itoje is paired with Ollie Chessum. The back row sees last weekend’s Guinness player of the match Ethan Roots win his second cap at blindside flanker, with Sam Underhill on the openside and Ben Earl at No.8 to round off the England pack.
Scrum-half Alex Mitchell teams up with vice-captain George Ford at 10. In midfield, Fraser Dingwall starts his second game at inside centre alongside Henry Slade at 13.
In the back three, Elliot Daly is named on the left wing, with Tommy Freeman on the right and Freddie Steward selected at full-back.
On the bench, Theo Dan, vice-captain Genge, Dan Cole, Alex Coles, Chandler Cunningham-South, Danny Care, Fin Smith and Immanuel Feyi-Waboso are named as replacements.
“It was both pleasing and important to have started our Six Nations campaign in Rome with a victory,” said Borthwick.
“It was good to have done so in front of so many travelling England supporters.
“However, we know there are areas of our game to improve as we prepare for this Saturday’s game against a spirited Wales team.
“With a new player group and a number of new caps, we have tried to develop our game on both sides of the ball. Such changes take time, and I was pleased how quickly the players settled and adapted last weekend against Italy.
“We’re delighted to be back playing in front of a sold-out Twickenham Stadium this Saturday. The visit of the Wales team is always a fixture that creates a special atmosphere.
“I have no doubt that this group of players are relishing the challenge before them and are looking forward to creating a very special experience for our supporters.”
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England vs Wales date, kick-off time and venue
England vs Wales takes place on Saturday February 10, 2024, with kick-off scheduled for 4:45pm GMT.
The match will be hosted at Twickenham in south-west London.
How to watch England vs Wales
TV channel: England vs Wales is being shown live in the UK free-to-air on ITV1, with coverage beginning at 4pm.
Live stream: You can catch a free live stream online via the ITVX app and website.
England vs Wales match odds
England to win: 1/7
Wales to win: 5/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).
England vs Wales head to head (h2h) history and results
England won the last meeting between the two nations, in the summer ahead of the World Cup, and also battled to a 20-10 victory in Cardiff 12 months ago.
It is nine years since Wales last beat England at Twickenham, and 12 years since they did so in the Six Nations.
England wins: 68
Wales wins: 51
England team to play Wales:
15. Freddie Steward
14. Tommy Freeman
13. Henry Slade
12. Fraser Dingwall
11. Elliot Daly
10. George Ford
1. Joe Marler
2. Jamie George – captain
3. Will Stuart
4. Maro Itoje
6. Ethan Roots
8. Ben Earl
16. Theo Dan
17. Ellis Genge
18. Dan Cole
19. Alex Coles
21. Danny Care
22. Fin Smith
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Sir Ian McGeechan Asked To Name His All-Time XV, He Said Only One ‘Unbelievable’ Player Is Guaranteed A Spot
Sir Ian McGeechan has unveiled his ultimate XV, omitting Paul O’Connell, David Campese, and Jonny Wilkinson from his lineup.
In his article for The Telegraph, the 74-year-old has chosen six New Zealanders, three Englishmen, two Welsh players, and one each from France, Scotland, and Ireland in his all-time greatest team.
Fullback: JPR Williams (Wales) – “Not a staggeringly original choice, I’ll admit. But to my mind the only one. If I’m going to be picking a dream XV then I want JPR at the back. No question, guarenteed starter.”
Left-wing: Jonah Lomu (New Zealand) – “Illness and injury ultimately slowed him down. But his performances at the 1995 World Cup, just as the game was turning professional, will never be forgotten. The game needed a superstar, and it got one in Lomu. He was brilliant for rugby.”
Right-wing: John Kirwan (New Zealand) – “He had an all round game; he could carry the ball through heavy traffic, he could offload, he was like an extra back-rower at times. Plus, he had natural effortless pace. He ended up scoring 35 tries for the All Blacks and was instrumental as they went through their unbeaten spell of games between 1987 and 1990.”
Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) – “His ability to get back on his feet after tackling to compete for the ball was extraordinary, and ensured he always had an impact on the game, whatever type of game it was. He was such a natural talent.”
Inside-centre: Philippe Sella (France) – “Sella and O’Driscoll were powerful men. They could stop a forward in his tracks. I think as a pair they would dominate any midfield and I like the thought of them together.”