Wales unchanged for England Six Nations showdown
Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP)
Wales head coach Warren Gatland on Tuesday named an unchanged team for Saturday's potential Six Nations title decider against England at Twickenham.
Gatland has kept faith with the same XV that started the 19-10 home win over France on February 26, which left Wales a point below leaders England with two games remaining.
The only changes to the Welsh match-day squad affect the bench, with prop Paul James, lock Luke Charteris and scrum-half Rhys Webb coming in to replace Gethin Jenkins, Jake Ball and Lloyd Williams.
"We've named a pretty experienced side for Saturday, no changes in the starting team," Gatland said in a Welsh Rugby Union press release.
"I thought they did pretty well against France and we are looking for them to do a job for us this weekend.
"We have a couple of guys back from injury on the bench -- Luke Charteris, Paul James and Rhys Webb -- and that is a bonus."
Jenkins, capped 122 times by Wales, is continuing to recover from a calf injury, while Charteris returns to the fold after overcoming a knee problem. Webb will provide cover for starting scrum-half Gareth Davies.
Rob Evans, Scott Baldwin and Samson Lee pack down in the front row for the fourth successive Six Nations match, with Bradley Davies and Alun Wyn Jones continuing their established second-row partnership.
The back row of Dan Lydiate, skipper Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau is also unchanged.
Gareth Davies, man of the match against France, continues alongside fly-half Dan Biggar at half-back, with Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies, Alex Cuthbert, George North and Liam Williams completing the line-up.
With Wales finishing their campaign at home to Italy, Saturday's game is seen as an opportunity for Gatland to effectively secure his fourth Six Nations crown after previous triumphs in 2008, 2012 and 2013.
"There is a huge amount to play for on Saturday and it will go a long way to deciding the Six Nations," said the New Zealander.
"We are happy with the blend of our side. We have a very experienced back five in the pack, blended with the youth up front, and that balance is really pleasing.
"It's great to have Rhys back in the squad. He has been training really hard and brings a lot of energy and experience to the team."
Wales team (15-1) announced on Tuesday for Saturday's Six Nations match against England at Twickenham (1600 GMT kick-off):
Liam Williams; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North; Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Taulupe Faletau, Sam Warburton (capt), Dan Lydiate; Alun Wyn Jones, Bradley Davies; Samson Lee, Scott Baldwin, Rob Evans
Replacements: Ken Owens, Paul James, Tomas Francis, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb, Rhys Priestland, Gareth Anscombe
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