Wales v England team announcement: Rob Howley makes two changes for match against England - Ruck

Wales v England team announcement: Rob Howley makes two changes for match against England

Wales have made two front row changes to the side that beat Italy on the opening weekend of the RBS 6 Nations, to take on England at Principality Stadium on Saturday (KO 16.50 live on BBC/S4C).

Props Rob Evans and Tomas Francis both come into the starting XV for Wales’ match against the 2016 Grand Slam champions.

Taulupe Faletau is the solitary personnel change from the match-day squad against Italy and he is named on the bench.

Evans and Francis join Ken Owens in the front row with Jake Ball again partnering skipper Alun Wyn Jones in the second row. Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty make up the back row.

Wales name an unchanged backline with Dan Biggar recovering from injury to partner Rhys Webb at half-back.
Scarlets duo Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies continue in the midfield with Liam Williams, George North and Leigh Halfpenny comprising the back three.

“There is huge excitement in the camp ahead of Saturday for what is set to be a massive RBS 6 Nations encounter,” said Wales head coach Rob Howley.

“We were really pleased with the result out in Rome and are looking to build on that performance this weekend.
“Both Rob (Evans) and Tomas (Francis) made a big impact off the bench last weekend and deserve their opportunity to start.

Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon) (67 Caps)
George North (Northampton Saints) (66 Caps)
Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) (60 Caps)
Scott Williams (Scarlets) (42 Caps)
Liam Williams (Scarlets) (39 Caps)
Dan Biggar (Ospreys) (52 Caps)
Rhys Webb (Ospreys) (24 Caps)
Rob Evans (Scarlets) (13 Caps)
Ken Owens (Scarlets) (46 Caps)
Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (18 Caps)
Jake Ball (Scarlets) (22 Caps)
Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys)(106 Caps) (CAPTAIN)
Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues) (70 Caps)
Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (47 Caps)
Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby) (13 Caps)

Scott Baldwin (Ospreys) (29 Caps)
Nicky Smith (Ospreys) (8 Caps)
Samson Lee (Scarlets) (30 Caps)
Cory Hill (Newport Gwent Dragons) (4 Caps)
Taulupe Faletau (Bath) (62 Caps)
Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (22 Caps)
Sam Davies (Ospreys) (4 Caps)
Jamie Roberts (Harlequins) (87 Caps)

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