Friday, February 6, 2015



Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Referee: Jérôme Garcès

The 2015 6 Nations International Championship kicks of in Cardiff with a class between the old foes England and Wales. These two teams will meet again at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

England have a mountain of injury worries. David Wilson, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Ben Morgan, Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt, Manu Tuilagi, Geoff Parling and Kyle Eastmond are all injured. Wales on the otherhand will field a full strength side and at home. England could be in for a tough day.

Wales finished third in last year’s 6 Nations after winning it in 2013. They’ll be smarting over that. I expect their greater experience and a home crowd to be too much in the end for England

Last Five Encounters
09.03.2014 England 29, Wales 18 at Twickenham (6 Nations)
16.03.2013 Wales 30-3 at Cardiff (6 Nations)
25.02.2012 Wales 19-12 at Twickenham (6 Nations)
13.08.2011 Wales 19-9 in Cardiff (World Cup Warm-up)
06.08.2011 England 23-19 at Twickenham (World Cup Warm-up)

England Last Five P 5, W 1, L 4
22.11.2014 v Samoa W 28-9 at Twickenham
15.11.2014 v South Africa L 28-31 at Twickenham
08.11.2014 v New Zealand L 21-24 at Twickenham
21.06.2014 v New Zealand L 13-36 at Hamilton
14.06.2014 v New Zealand L 27-28 at Dunedin

England does not have a good record going into this test match but throughout 2014 one got the impression that this could be a good side and will be a threat in the 6 Nations International Championship.

Wales Last Five P 5, W 2, L 3
29.11.2014 v South Africa W 12-6 in Cardiff
22.11.2014 v New Zealand L 16-34 in Cardiff
15.11.2014 v Fiji W 17-13 in Cardiff
08.11.2014 v Australia L 28-33 in Cardiff
21.06.2014 v South Africa L 30-31 in Nelspruit

Wales is coming to this test match with a win over South Africa back in November something England couldn’t do. The first half performance against New Zealand in November and for some of the second half demonstrated that Wales can play the game at pace and with skill. But can they do it for 80 minutes?

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Wales 2nd, England 8th
Europe Table: England 1st, Wales 3rd

IRB Ranking Points
England 85.48, Wales 81.64

Prediction: Wales by 9 points





  Leigh Halfpenny  RC Toulonnais, France
14   Alexander Cuthbert  Cardiff Blues
13   Jonathan Davies Llanelly Scarlets
12   James Roberts Racing-Metro 92, France
11   George North Northampton Saints, England
10   Daniel Biggar  Neath Swansea Ospreys
9   Rhys Webb  Neath Swansea Ospreys
8   Taulupe Faletau  Newport Gwent Dragons
7   Samuel Warburton (Capt.) Cardiff Blues
6   Daniel Lydiate  Racing-Metro 92, France
5   Alun-Wyn Jones  Neath Swansea Ospreys
4   Jake Ball  Llanelly Scarlets
3   Samson Lee  Llanelly Scarlets
2   Richard Hibbard  Gloucester Rugby, England
1   Gethin Jenkins  Cardiff Blues
16   Scott Baldwin  Neath Swansea Ospreys
17   Paul James  Bath Rugby, England
18   Aaron Jarvis  Neath Swansea Ospreys
19   Luke Charteris  US Perpignan, France
20   Justin Tipuric  Neath Swansea Ospreys
21   Michael Phillips  Racing Metro 92, France
22   Rhys Priestland  Llanelly Scarlets
23   Liam Williams  Llanelly Scarlets
    HEAD COACH: Warren Gatland

Sam Warburton will play his 50th test for Wales and his 36th as captain, just two short of Ryan Jones’s record.



15   Michael Brown  London Harlequins
14   Anthony Watson  Bath Rugby
13   Jonathan Joseph Bath Rugby
12   Luther Burrell Northampton Saints
11   Jonathan May Gloucester Rugby
10   George Ford  Bath Rugby
9   Benjamin Youngs  Leicester Tigers
8   William Vunipola  London Saracens
7   Christopher Robshaw (Capt.) London Harlequins
6   James Haskell London Wasps
5   George Kruis  London Saracens
4   David Attwood  Bath Rugby
3   Daniel Cole Leicester Tigers
2   Dylan Hartley  Northampton Saints
1   Joseph Marler  London Harlequins
16   Thomas Youngs Leicester Tigers
17   Marko Vunipola London Saracens
18   Kieran Brookes  Newcastle Falcons
19   Nicholas Easter London Harlequins
20   Thomas Croft Leicester Tigers
21   Richard Wigglesworth London Saracens
22   Daniel Cipriani Sale Sharks
23   William Twelvetrees Gloucester Rugby
    HEAD COACH: Stuart Lancaster

Nik Easter, at 36 years, will be the oldest player on the field if he comes off the bench.He won the last of his 47 caps at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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