England team to face Wales named as Watson starts on wing and Wilson in back row for crunch Six Nations encounter – The Sun

ANTHONY WATSON will play his first game since the World Cup final when England take on Wales.

And flanker Mark Wilson also returns for the final Six Nations game after the postponement of next week's trip to Italy.

Winger Watson comes straight in for Bath team-mate Jonathan Joseph and flanker Wilson replaces injured Sam Underhill in the pack.

After playing five players out of position last time out in the win against Ireland, boss Eddie Jones has named a more settled-side to take on the Dragons.

Both Vunipola brothers are out, Billy with an injury, whereas Mako has bizarrely been told to self-quarantine by his country after visiting Tonga for family reasons, whereas Saracens are happy for him to play for them.

The Aussie said: “We’ve had a really good two week preparation – a fallow week in Oxford where we had good training days last Thursday and Friday and three good training days this week culminating in a very good session Wednesday.

“Wales are a very tough, well-coached side and they’ve been building on their attack since Wayne Pivac has taken over.

“It’s always a tough game against Wales and we know they will bring that toughness to all the contest areas.

“We’re looking forward to playing at home again and getting back out in front of our fantastic fans.”

England team to face Wales in Six Nations


  • 15 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 42 caps)
  • 14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 42 caps)
  • 13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 42 caps)
  • 12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 82 caps)
  • 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 55 caps)
  • 10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 68 caps)
  • 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 98 caps)


  • 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 70 caps)
  • 2 Jamie George (Saracens, 48 caps)
  • 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 34 caps)
  • 4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 37 caps)
  • 5 George Kruis (Saracens, 44 caps)
  • 6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 84 caps)
  • 7 Mark Wilson (Sale Sharks, 18 caps)
  • 8 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 22 caps)

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 23 caps), 17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps), 18 Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 2 caps), 19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 64 caps), 20 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 14 caps), 21 Ben Earl (Saracens, 2 caps), 22 Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 12 caps), 23 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 28 caps)

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