England and Wales meet for the second time in six days this Saturday at the Principality stadium in Cardiff at 9:15 am (ET).
Wales saw its 14-game win streak come to a halt Sunday at Twickenham, and will have revenge on its mind. Coach Warren Gatland has named nearly the same lineup that ran out against England a week ago.
Wales have named their team for Saturday's sell-out match against England in Cardiff 🏴 Tri newid i'r XV cychwynnol am yr her fawr yng Nghaerdydd yn erbyn Lloegr. #HWFN pic.twitter.com/sMFsiRAH1a— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) August 15, 2019
Gareth Anscombe is the key departure from the lineup, after the playmaking flyhalf tore his ACL against England in the last game. It's a sad end to Anscombe's 2019 World Cup hopes, and a huge blow to Wales moving forward. However, the Welsh are blessed to be able to have British Lion Dan Biggar as the replacement.
World class flanker Justin Tipuric sits this one out as well, though not due to injury. His absence makes way for James Davies, younger brother of center Jonathan Davies. Jake Ball also enters the starting unit, while powerhouse flanker Josh Navidi will return to action off the bench following his minor injury.
Coach Eddie Jones has already finalized his 31-man squad for the World Cup. His decision was grounded in his belief that having the team assembled early leaves out any uncertainty amongst the players moving forward and helps the team focus on their preparations.
In the first Summer Test with Wales, Jones fielded a mixed side of his 1st and 2nd XV players. He's done this same this week, naming almost the same team that ran out a week ago.
Maro Itoje enters the lineup this week, replacing Charlie Ewels, as well as Courtney Lawes, who came in last week during the first half after 21 year old sensationTom Curry sustained an injury.
The backline remains the same, except for Ruaridh McConnochie, who makes his debut cap in place of Anthony Watson.
Kyle Sinckler, Owen Farrell, and Manu Tuilagi join the bench this week. All three will feature heavily in Jones' plans at the World Cup, and they'll be used sparingly in the build-up to the World Cup so as to stay healthy for the latter stages of the tournament.
It's going to be another great contest, with both teams hoping to get a feel for the intensity of a World Cup knockout out game before the tournament starts.
England have been building rather nicely over the past few months, and want to continue growing. Wales look to bounce back and prove their 14-game win streak was no fluke.