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Thursday Aug 15, 2019

Davies brothers all set to take on England as Wales look to bounce back

Wales have made three changes to their side to face England in Cardiff on Saturday as they look to bounce back from the 33-19 loss at Twickenham last weekend. 

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Following the injury to Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar comes into the starting XV and will look to control things from ten, while Jake Ball and James Davies have also been selected.

Ball comes into the second row alongside captain Alun Wyn Jones with Davies coming into the back row alongside Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty.

James will also line-up alongside elder brother Jonathan Davies for the first time in a Wales jersey.  (The last pair of brothers to play alongside each other for Wales was Jamie and Nicky Robinson in 2006).

Biggar will partner Gareth Davies at half-back while the rest of the backline remains unchanged, with Hadleigh Parkes partnering Jonathan Davies in midfield and Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams comprising the back-three.

Wales have also named an unchanged front row with Nicky Smith, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis all starting.

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“This weekend is another opportunity for us to take the field, test ourselves and continue our preparation for Japan,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

“It is a little over five weeks until we kick off our campaign in Toyota against Georgia and it is important we are fully prepared and rugby-ready by then. We were disappointed to get the loss last weekend so it is important we step it up on Saturday and put in a big display in front a of a packed Principality Stadium.

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“The squad are looking forward to getting back out there, taking another step towards the RWC and putting in a big performance.”

WALES TEAM TO FACE ENGLAND – SATURDAY AUGUST 17 (KO 14.15 local)

15. Liam Williams, 14. George North, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Gareth Davies, 1. Nicky Smith, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Jake Ball, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (C), 6. Aaron Wainwright, 7. James Davies, 8. Ross Moriarty
Replacements:
16. Elliot Dee, 17. Wyn Jones, 18. Dillon Lewis, 19. Aaron Shingler, 20. Josh Navidi, 21. Aled Davies, 22. Jarrod Evans, 23. Owen Watkin,

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