Itoje absence confirmed for England's trip to Wales

Itoje absence confirmed for England's trip to Wales

Itoje absence confirmed for England's trip to Wales

Both England and Wales are the only teams to have won both their games and are positioned first and second respectively in the table.

But Wales are also protecting an unbeaten record. He has already scored four tries in this year's Six Nations and five in his last three Tests for England.

In England's Six Nations opener against Ireland he became embroiled in an exchange with flanker Peter O'Mahony, and in the France game eight days later he was reminded of "rugby's values" by match referee Nigel Owens after slapping Les Bleus forward Arthur Iturria on the head. They get a lot of tries from kicking.

Rhys Gabe grabbed a double while Reggie Gibbs and Billy Trew also touched down - a performance that laid the groundwork for the 1909 Grand Slam, with another to follow in 1911.

England coach Eddie Jones will announce the matchday squad on Thursday.

However Gatland is confident about his side's ability to spring a surprise, as he named Gareth Davies and Gareth Anscombe as his halfbacks.

Mercurial full-back JPR Williams would join the fray, as would irrepressible No.8 Mervyn Davies and playmaker Phil Bennett, in a team that would only lose seven times between 1969 and 1979.

One was for England.

England only make two changes with both being forced upon Jones. "We're working very hard to counteract what we think England are going to bring to us, they're going to have to cope with our threats too".

"Hopefully, he goes out and has a good game and is able to keep his emotions in control, because that's a big challenge for him". He cut through, stepped past a couple more defenders before celebrating as he dived over the line.

In 2005 Wales entered the Championship with few backing them for the title a year after a fourth-place finish. But that won't matter if England is on the board quickly again.

That was far from Henson's most crucial contribution though. God knows what time they eventually arrived at.

He split the uprights, with a bit to spare, and Wales won 11-9 on their way to a first Grand Slam in 27 years.

Warren Gatland has questioned the big game temperament of England's hot-headed prop Kyle Sinckler.

"The bus will go through the centre of Cardiff, and they will not be the most popular bus in Christendom as they go through there".

Scotland made a flying start to their campaign, scoring five tries in 70 minutes in their opening fixture against Italy. "They'll all get a shot".

"Whenever you play against a Warren Gatland side you are playing against a side that is going to be very physical on the gain line". Henry Slade, 12. Manu Tuilagi, 11. I'm sure even Wales against England in tiddlywinks is intense.

They did that and more romping to a 30-3 success - a record margin of victory over their rivals - in an electric atmosphere under the roof.

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