England travel to Wales in pursuit of the Grand Slam as the Six Nations return for their third round this weekend.
Wales have won their tournament opener – against 14-man Ireland and 14-man Scotland – but this weekend marks the toughest test of their Grand Slam qualifiers yet, as defending champions England travel to Cardiff.
Eddie Jones’ side will look to build on the victory over Italy in the last round, which helped banish a few demons from this first-round disappointment against Scotland.
Wales have only had three of the last 10 matches between the two teams and have lost both Anglo-Welsh encounters in 2020, with England leading the last time the teams met, in the Fall Nations Cup, in the rain of Llanelli.
When is Wales vs England?
Saturday February 27.
What time is the kick-off?
The match will start at 4:45 p.m. GMT.
What TV channel is it showing on – how can I watch it live?
The match will be broadcast live on TBEN and S4C. The Telegraph will also bring you live coverage throughout the game.
What is the news of the team?
George North was given the “green light” to win his 100th Welsh selection against England.
North missed Wales’ second Six Nations win over Scotland last weekend with a foot injury.
But the 28-year-old British and Irish Lions star returned to training ahead of England’s visit to Cardiff.
Wales attacking coach Stephen Jones said: “George is making good progress, getting better every day.
“He’s been in some sort of training before, which is great, and that’s the right thing from our point of view.
“I think it’s a complete green light.”
North’s other crosses Johnny Williams and Jonathan Davies are also back in training to bolster head coach Wayne Pivac’s midfield options, while flanker Josh Navidi overcame the neck injury that left him forced Scotland to miss the victory.
Murrayfield-injured full-back Leigh Halfpenny and winger Hallam Amos go through HIA protocols.
Scrum-half Tomos Williams has been ruled out due to a hamstring issue.
Josh Adams, top test scorer at the 2019 World Cup, is also available after serving a two-match ban for violating Covid-19 restrictions.
Prop Dillon Lewis has been released from the Pivac squad due to a neck issue. The injury will prevent the tight 25-year-old Cardiff Blues head from playing another role in the Wales campaign.
Uncapped Sale Sharks prop WillGriff John has been called up to 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 in Cardiff, but the game has been postponed due to coronavirus.
England third-choice scrum-half Harry Randall has withdrawn from the squad ahead of the Wales clash in Cardiff with an ankle injury.
Uncapped Randall, 23, will be replaced by Northampton’s Alex Mitchell in the 28-man squad currently preparing for their training base.
Bristol Bears scrum-half Randall was first called up by Eddie Jones for the Six Nations team after impressing him with his running and attacking style.
Jones also called up Leicester lock-cum-flanker George Martin in place of injured Jack Willis.
What did we say about the teams?
With such a depth of midfield available to Wales, Ben Coles crosses the candidates to occupy the center jerseys of Wayne Pivac. While columnist Brian Moore argues angst English players are a key sign that the culture has changed on Eddie Jones’ side.
While playing against the Welsh is unlikely, Charlie Morgan takes a look at Leicester’s George Martin appeal in this backgrounder.
Rugby editor Mick Cleary looks back on England’s visit to Cardiff in 1991 when Will Carling’s men ended 28 years of injury on Welsh soil. Mick also takes a look at Gloucester’s Winged Battle – Jonny May vs. Louis Rees-Zammit – and how the Master and Apprentice are going to clash.
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What is our prediction?
Wales may have won their first two matches but they have had a helping hand along the way as the opposition has been reduced to 14 men on both occasions. On the performances we’ve seen so far, this Welsh side must be one of the worst teams ever to be still for a Grand Slam after two rounds without playing against Italy.
England are not at their best, but they have shown enough against Italy to suggest they are on the right track. It will be close, Wales don’t lose often in Cardiff but without a crowd England should just do enough.
Wales 17 England 23