England v Wales preview: Team news, kick-off time, line-ups and stats for the Old Mutual Wealth Cup - Ruck

England v Wales preview: Team news, kick-off time, line-ups and stats for the Old Mutual Wealth Cup

  • England face Wales for the third time in twelve months at Twickenaham: 3pm kick-off
  • Eddie Jones hands first starts to Teimana Harrison and Jack Clifford
  • With Sam Warburton sidelined for Sunday, Dan Lydiate skippers the Welsh side from openside
For the third time in eight months England and Wales will slug it out for supremacy at Twickenham on Sunday. In an actual Test match. Seriously.

England have handed Teimana Harrison his debut and with Chris Robshaw rested, he starts at blindside with James Haskell at openside and Jack Clifford at No.8.

Jones has named three uncapped players on the bench with hooker Tommy Taylor, loose-head Ellis Genge and centre Ollie Devoto among the replacements.

Elsewhere Matt Mullan gets the nod at loose-head with Luther Burrell starting at inside centre and Dylan Hartley captaining the side from hooker.

Meanwhile, eleven of the Welsh starting XV who thrashed Italy return, crucially with Alun Wyn Jones back at lock and Scott Williams at outside centre too.

Hopes are far from high for Wales in New Zealand, but that’s more of a reflection of the level of the All Blacks rather on Gatland’s squad, which has talent.

Based on experience and their settled side, plus some extra edge after losing in the Six Nations, Wales should be favourites at Twickenham. A loss would certainly be more damaging for them than for a weakened England.

England: Luther Burrell
Wales: Dan Lydiate

2016: England won 25-21 at Twickenham
2015: Wales won 28-25 at Twickenham
2015: England won 21-16 in Cardiff
2014: England won 29-18 at Twickenham
2013: Wales won 30-3 in Cardiff
2012: Wales won 19-12 at Twickenham
2011: Wales won 19-9 in Cardiff
2011: England won 23-19 at Twickenham


England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jack Clifford, 7 James Haskell, 6 Teimana Harrison, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Matt Mullan
Replacements: 16 Tommy Taylor, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Matt Kvesic, 21 Danny Care, 22 Ollie Devoto, 23 Elliot Daly

Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Dan Lydiate (c), 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Scott Baldwin, Rob Evans
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Josh Turnbull, 20 James King, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Gareth Anscombe

Date: Sunday, May 29
Venue: Twickenham
Kick-off: 15:00 BST (14:00 GMT)
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant Referees: John Lacey (Ireland), George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)