A look at four classic Cardiff clashes as Wales meet old foes England again

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England and Wales meet for a second warm-up fixture ahead of the World Cup in Japan when they clash at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday.

Eddie Jones’ England took the bragging rights at Twickenham last weekend, with their convincing 33-19 victory ending both Wales’ 14-match unbeaten run and their hopes of replacing New Zealand as rugby union’s number one-ranked nation.

Here, PA reviews the last four Cardiff encounters between Wales and England.

Wales 21-13 England, 23 February 2019

England’s Six Nations title and Grand Slam hopes were abruptly ended at the Principality Stadium despite Jones’ side leading at the break.

Tom Curry’s first England try – the visitors’ only one of the fixture – helped guide his side into a 10-3 lead but a determined Wales came roaring back and powered to victory following late tries by lock Cory Hill and wing Josh Adams.

They went on to win the Grand Slam themselves after wins over Scotland and Ireland.

Josh Adams celebrates his game-clinching try against England with Liam Williams and Jonathan Davies.

Josh Adams celebrates his game-clinching try against England with Liam Williams and Jonathan Davies.

Wales 16-21 England, 11 February 2017

Two years earlier, it was England’s turn to come from behind, trailing by five points at the interval before they snatched an unlikely Six Nations victory.

Liam Williams cut through the England ranks to cancel out Ben Youngs’ earlier try and edge the hosts back in front but thanks to Owen Farrell’s impressive goalkicking, England still had a fighting chance and remained within touching distance.

A critical error then gifted the visitors their golden opportunity to break Welsh hearts with less than five minutes remaining, as centre Jonathan Davies’ poor clearance saw Elliot Daly freed in space and he touched down in the corner.

Wales 16-21 England, 6 February 2015

It was the same scoreline in 2015, although this time it was a far less experienced and injury-ridden England that took the Six Nations spoils.

Wales opened up a substantial early lead as Leigh Halfpenny’s second-minute penalty and Rhys Webb’s try only six minutes later left England shell-shocked, but Anthony Watson helped the visitors hit back by hauling Mike Brown’s grubber kick over the line to reduce the margin.

Jonathan Joseph then bulldozed through two defenders in response to Dan Biggar’s drop-goal, and the comeback was completed when George Ford kicked a penalty before booting another from long range with time running out.

Elliot Daly's late try punished Wales.

Elliot Daly’s late try punished Wales.

Wales 30-3 England, 16 March 2013

One of Wales’ greatest triumphs over their neighbours, a winner-takes-all Six Nations contest will live long in the memory as Wales’ biggest margin of victory over England.

Three Halfpenny penalties – to Farrell’s single strike – took Wales into a 9-3 lead at the break before the hosts ran away with things as a pair of second-half tries from wing Alex Cuthbert left England’s Grand Slam dream in tatters.

Biggar’s drop goal and penalty put the icing on the cake for Wales, beating their previous best win against England of 25-0 and landing the title in spectacular fashion.

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Jonathan and James Davies first set of brothers since 2006 to start for Wales against England

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Jonathan Davies has long been a key figure for Wales.

Jonathan and James Davies will become the first set of brothers since 2006 to start for Wales when they feature against England on Saturday.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named Scarlets openside flanker James alongside back-row colleagues Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty for the World Cup warm-up clash in Cardiff.

Jonathan, meanwhile, partners Hadleigh Parkes in midfield as Wales look to bounce back from a 33-19 loss to England at Twickenham last weekend.

They are the first set of brothers to play alongside each other for Wales since Jamie and Nicky Robinson 13 years ago.

James Davies replaces Justin Tipuric, while two other changes from the England defeat see fly-half Dan Biggar come in for an injured Gareth Anscombe and lock Jake Ball replacing Adam Beard.

Biggar starts with Anscombe having suffered a World Cup-ending knee ligament injury at Twickenham.

James Davies will win just his fourth cap.

James Davies will win just his fourth cap.

And Cardiff Blues forward Josh Navidi is among the replacements, along with his Blues colleague and fly-half Jarrod Evans.

Gatland said: “This weekend is another opportunity for us to take the field, test ourselves and continue our preparation for Japan.

“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.

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

Wales are unbeaten at the Principality Stadium since world champions New Zealand toppled them in November 2017, since when they have reeled off 10 successive victories.

Anscombe looks unlikely to play next season, with Gatland confirming that he will require surgery.

“He has done the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and the meniscus as well,” Gatland said.

“Unfortunately, he is going to require surgery and it’s probably going to keep him out for most of the season.”

Tipuric and Beard, meanwhile, have been left out as precautions this weekend.

“Justin Tipuric has got a little bit of a knock on his ankle last weekend,” Gatland added. “He’s fine, but we are just resting him as a precaution.

“Adam Beard has got a sore wrist. He is probably alright for Saturday, but we’ve made that change early on.”

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Eddie Jones confirmed his 31-man squad for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup on Monday, and said he felt for the “disappointed players” who had missed out on selection.

The England head coach softened the blow by announcing that they “could get their opportunity later down the track” and should be ready to step in for any injured players.

Flanker Lewis Ludlam and uncapped wing Ruaridh McConnochie earned shock call-ups to Jones’s squad, while centre Ben Te’o was a surprise omission.









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