England vs. Wales: Date, Start Time, Live Stream, TV Schedule and Prediction

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England vs. Wales: Date, Start Time, Live Stream, TV Schedule and Prediction
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One of the most exciting finales to a Six Nations campaign in recent years is looming, and events at Twickenham this weekend will be crucial to the eventual outcome. 

With four teams tied on points at the top of the championship, two rugby union giants face off looking to gain a vital advantage going into the last game.

On Sunday, an impressive and youthful England team host current Six Nations holders Wales at Twickenham.

The Welsh have hit form at just the right time after destroying the French in Cardiff during the last round.

England will be looking for a modicum of revenge after Wales smashed them 30-3 in last year's Championship on their way to becoming champions, per BBC Sport.

 

When: Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m GMT/10 a.m. ET

Where: Twickenham, London, England

TV Info: Live on BBC One and BBC One HD

Live Stream: BBC iPlayer

 

 

Key Storylines 

Wales Recall Jonathan Davies and Alun Wyn Jones

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The Six Nations champions have recalled both Jonathan Davies and Alun Wyn Jones for their visit to Twickenham after both players recovered from injury, per BBC Sport.

Scarlets centre Davies has only just returned for his club since sustaining a chest injury against South Africa last November.

Lock Alun Wyn Jones had been suffering with a foot infection, but will return for the vital clash on Sunday.

Wales broke English hearts last year after crushing their rivals 30-3 at the Millennium Stadium, and coach Warren Gatland has questioned what affect this could have on their opponents, per Chris Foy of The Mail Online.

Daily Mail rugby union correspondent Foy tweeted about Gatland's thoughts on the game and whether England's young players could handle the pressure:

Foy also quotes the New Zealand born coach, per Mail Online, saying: 

We’re playing with confidence. After a disappointing performance against Ireland I thought we played exceptionally well against France. Part of my job is to build the players up to have the self-belief that we are good enough to go to Twickenham and win.

It has definitely been a bridge too far for a number of Welsh players in the past but we’re not thinking like that. If we play well enough then we are good enough to win.

 

Tom Johnson the Only Change for England

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Exeter back-row forward Tom Johnson has been recalled into the squad for Sunday's game, replacing Billy Vunipola, per BBC Sport. With Ben Morgan starting at No. 8, Johnson will start on the bench.

Dynamic centre Manu Tuilagi is also with the squad after injury but will not feature in the game.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster was clear on his strategy for this match and the recalling of Johnson. He said, per BBC Sport:

The performance against Ireland has given us a lot of confidence going into this game against a high-quality Welsh team and we feel it's right to give the bulk of that 23 another opportunity. Tom Johnson has trained with us throughout and we are looking forward to his contribution.

England know that a victory will finish the Welsh dream of retaining the title for the third time in succession.

Lancaster's men were not fancied before the start of this year's Six Nations but have impressed in every game, even unlucky to lose in their only defeat, in Paris. 

 

Prediction

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A game of this magnitude could really go either way, and it takes courage to bet against England at Twickenham with the form they have shown.

But the momentum appears to be with Wales after beating the French in Round 3. They showed their flair and character in that match, and their desire to win was evident. 

Without that win in Cardiff, they would have been making the trip to London only to stop England's claim, but they know a win will leave them with an excellent opportunity to take the title once again.

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The Welsh will edge this affair with their extra experience and the boot of Leigh Halfpenny. That combination alone will see the champions edge out a plucky England team, who will have better days to come in the future.

Score Prediction: Wales win 13-10

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