Wales v England: Everything You Need to Know

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Wales v England: Everything You Need to Know

England staved off a second-half fightback from Wales to prevail 25-21 at Twickenham.

Angry social media users branded it "racist" and "embarrassing" and it was promptly taken down by the BBC.

Whichever combination Wales field, though, they face a huge task against an England team now ranked second in the world and chasing a fourth successive Six Nations victory over their arch-rivals.

Despite Wales taking an early lead thanks to the boot of Leigh Halfpenny, England dominated possession in the opening exchanges with former England and British & Irish Lions winger Ugo Monye commending their start.

However, that request was rejected and Six Nations regulations require both teams to agree on closing the roof, with Wales to be informed of the decision at least 48 hours before the match.

Alun Wyn Jones wasn't at his best (Picture: Getty) Alun Wyn Jones has greatly impressed since taking over the captaincy from Sam Warburton but the giant lock has had better days in Wales colours. "The flip side of that assessment is that an England win would be a significant achievement". The players believe they can be the best in the world and that's what happens when you have belief.

England, though, are on a 15-match unbeaten run and have won the last three Six Nations Tests against Wales.

Jones insists he has been psychologically "cuddling" his England players in anticipation of the renewal of a special rivalry.

England chief Eddie Jones revealed he reacted to the scrappy win over France by giving his side a CUDDLE!

England's current penchant for leaving it late has anxious Jones, who is keen for the team to sharpen up and avoid any further potential upsets.

"It's good for the game and good for you guys (the media) as well". The Cherries have taken points off Liverpool and Arsenal at home already this season and are likely to give City a close match in a game played between two sides that thrive in playing fast-paced, passing football.

Wales prefer the closed option, and Edwards added: "Eddie has said he isn't bothered if it is open or closed".

The skipper continued: "We've got two weeks to regroup".

England coach Jones said: "I always still thought we could win the game". All we are concerned about is that we control them during the game. "Unfortunately, we fell short".

"We were disappointed with how we played against France because we wanted to start the tournament with a bang".

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