They played the very first game in the old Home Nations Championship back in 1882 and Wales host England again in 2023 in a thrilling match between two sides who have yet to score in this year’s tournament.
Both come into this tournament under the stewardship of new head coaches, with Warren Gatland returning at the helm in Wales and England signing Steve Borthwick following the respective sackings of Wayne Pivac and Eddie Jones.
However, both coaches suffered defeat in their first Six Nations games of 2023, with Wales beaten at home by Ireland and England also conceding a last-minute loss to Scotland at Twickenham and winning the Calcutta Cup for a third straight year against the old enemy lost year.
With the roof of the Principality Stadium open for this weekend’s clash in the Welsh capital, everything is open between these two historic rivals…
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WRU has recently gone through a period of upheaval after long-time chief executive Steve Phillips was removed from his role amid allegations of sexism within the organisation. Interim Nigel Walker’s main task this week was to find a deal with the country’s international stars, who also play rugby in Wales at their club.
Wales-based internationals are signed centrally by their regional clubs, with the WRU paying part of the player’s earnings along with the club to try and retain high-quality international talent in Wales. This was coupled with the 60 cap rule, under which a player with fewer than 60 caps could not represent the country if acting outside of Wales.
Wednesday’s talks have calmed things down somewhat, meaning the game has not been canceled and that 60 cap rule has been reduced to a much more reasonable 25. Also, contracts for the 2023-24 season and beyond, previously offered at 80% of current salary plus 20% potential bonuses, have been revised, with individual players now being able to choose whether to go on a fixed or variable contract in the future.
The problems in Welsh rugby are deep-rooted and far from resolved with this compromise, but the fact that the game is happening means fans locally and around the world can enjoy a hugely entertaining game.
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Kick-off time between Wales and England
Wales host England in the Six Nations at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The game starts at 4:45 p.m. GMT on Saturday 25 February 2023.
Here are the kick-off times for this game around the world:
|United Kingdom||Saturday February 25th||16:45 GMT|
|Australia||Sun, February 26th||03:45 AM EDT|
|Canada||Saturday February 25th||11:45 ET|
|New Zealand||Sun, February 26th||05:45 NZDT|
|USA||Saturday February 25th||11:45 ET|
|India||Saturday February 25th||22:15 IST|
|Singapore||Sun, February 26th||00:45 CEST|
|Malaysia||Sun, February 26th||00:45 CET|
Wales vs England Live Stream, TV Channels
Here’s how you can follow the game in some of the key areas:
|USA||—||fuboTV, Peacock, CNBC|
|United Kingdom||ITV One||ITVX|
|New Zealand||—||Sky Sports NOW|
|India||—||Premier Sports Asia|
|Hong Kong||—||Premier Sports Asia|
|Malaysia||—||Premier Sports Asia|
|Singapore||—||Premier Sports Asia|
USA: All matches are streamed live on Peacock and are also available via fuboTV. However, they are also repeated on CNBC with a delay, usually by a few hours.
Canada: All games are streamed live on DAZN.
UNITED KINGDOM: The tournament will be shown on BBC and ITV, with S4C also broadcasting in Wales.
Australia: Six Nations coverage is provided by Stan Sport.
India: Premier Sports Asia is the premier venue to watch the Six Nations.
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Wales vs England confirmed lineups
Gatland made a number of changes for Wales’ last game against Scotland and nine more are added for this game. The Welsh defense are particularly exciting with the return of the winger who scored Louis Rees-Zammitand a debut at outside center for the 20-year-old Cardiff centre Mason Grady – all six foot five and 100 kilos from him.
There are also tons of changes in the package. The experience of Alun Wyn Jones And Justin Tipuric will be sorely missed against Scotland and both will return to the matchday line-up. The latter joins them in the back row Taulupe Faletauwho came off the bank in Murrayfield, and Exeter Chief Christ Tshiunzawho retains his place in the number six jersey.
Wales from XV: Leigh Halfpenny, Josh Adams, Mason Grady, Joe Hawkins, Louis Rees-Zammit, Owen Williams, Tomos Williams; Gareth Thomas, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Christ Tshiunza, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau.
Wales Substitute: Bradley Roberts, Rhys Carre, Dillon Lewis, Dafydd Jenkins, Tommy Reffell, Kieran Hardy, Dan Biggar, Nick Tompkins.
England’s only change in the starting XI comes at left flank, with Ireland winger Ollie Hassell-Collins from London being replaced, who made his Test debut through Steve Borthwick Anthony Watson. Another Exiles youngster Henry Arundell, came on well as a substitute against Italy and crossed into the corner for England’s fifth try. He keeps his place.
In particular, the crowd, formation and driving maul sent England on course to beat Italy at Twickenham with a tremendous first half, all three attempts coming straight from set pieces. The starter pack is unchanged and includes goal scorers jack willis, Ollie Chessum And JamieGeorgewhile Courtney Lawesmaking a long-awaited return from concussion problems will pack even more muscle off the bench.
England from XV: Freddie Stewart, Max Malins, Henry Slade, Ollie Lawrence, Anthony Watson, Owen Farrell, Jack van Poortvliet; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum, Lewis Ludlam, Jack Willis, and Alex Dombrandt.
England Substitute: Jack Walker, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes, Ben Curry, Alex Mitchell, Marcus Smith, Henry Arundell.
Wales vs England Odds
It’s close, especially with two relatively new head coaches in both camps, but England are predicted to win in Cardiff by all of our listed bookmakers. They are odds of 4/9 and 4/11 on Sky Bet and BetMGM respectively, with Ladbrokes $1.40 being the longest offer.
However, Wales are still just 2/1 away from UK bookmaker Sky Bet to book a home win, although other bookmakers have them at higher odds.
|United Kingdom (Sky Bet)||United States (BetMGM)||
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