Wales name unchanged team to face England at Twickenham
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 09/03/16 2:24pm
Wales have named an unchanged team for Saturday's massive Six Nations clash with England at Twickenham.
Gareth Davies therefore retains his place at scrum-half, with Rhys Webb named on the replacements bench, having been called into the squad on Monday following a six-month injury-enforced absence from Test rugby.
There are two other changes on the bench as fit-again lock Luke Charteris comes into the squad alongside prop Paul James, who replaces injured 122-cap veteran Gethin Jenkins.
Cardiff Blues scrum-half Lloyd Williams drops out of the matchday 23, together with Jenkins and Scarlets lock Jake Ball.
Rob Evans, Scott Baldwin and Samson Lee will comprise the front row for the fourth Six Nations match in a row and the rest of the pack is also well-established, with Bradley Davies and Alun Wyn Jones in the second row, and Dan Lydiate, skipper Sam Warburton and Taulupe Faletau teaming up at the back of the scrum.
Davies, who was 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.
The match is set to be pivotal in this year's Six Nations, Grand Slam-chasing England having won all three of their matches so far, while Wales are just a point behind, after following a draw against Ireland with wins over Scotland and France.
Wales coach Warren Gatland said: "We've named a pretty experienced side for Saturday, no changes in the starting team.
"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 and that is a bonus.
"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.
"We are happy with the blend of our side. There is a huge amount to play for on Saturday and it will go a long way to deciding the Six Nations."
It will be the first time the old rivals have met since Wales won 28-25 at Twickenham during the World Cup last year.
And another Wales victory would leave them needing only to beat winless Italy at home on Saturday week to clinch a fourth Six Nations title of Gatland's reign.
Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies; 1 Rob Evans, 2 Scott Baldwin, 3 Samson Lee, 4 Bradley Davies 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 6 Dan Lydiate, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 8 Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Paul James, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Gareth Anscombe.