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WALES are hosting England in a massive Six Nations clash today.
Though the game was in doubt this week as Wales' players had threatened to pull off a strike over pay, board representation and their controversial 60-cap rule.
But a late compromise was reached so it is game on!
- Kick-off time: 4:45pm GMT
- TV/Live stream: BBC / S4C
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- Lloyd Canfield
What are Wales demands?
Well there have been ongoing issues off of the pitch for Wales aforementioned, with the players threatening strike action if their demands were not met.
The demands they set out are as follows:
- The Welsh Rugby Players Association to be represented at Professional Rugby Board meetings
- The abolition of the 60-cap rule – the number of caps needed before a player can move elsewhere and still represent Wales
- The removal of demands that players accept 80% wages guaranteed, with 20% as bonuses.
Beware wounded Wales
In what has been a testing week for Welsh rugby off the pitch, it hasn't been an easy start to the six nations on the pitch either.
Wales are yet to win a game in this rendition of the Six Nations, having been thrashed by Ireland and Scotland so far.
However, a wounded tiger can be a dangerous beast, and so you would imagine a wounded dragon could be too.
Wales will be up for this one more than any other in terms of spirit, so England need to look out for what might be a much tougher game than it seems on paper.
A tense affair
Wales vs England is well documented as a classic rugby clash, and also one of the closest in terms of results.
Having met over 130 times on record, England have 66 wins compared to Wales' 60. The two teams also couldn't be split on 12 occasions.
Out of the last ten clashes, it has been England who have dominated, winning seven of those.
- Lloyd Canfield
What are today's match odds?
- England 4/11
- Draw 25/1
- Wales 23/10
*Odds courtesy of Betfair are correct at time of publication
Ringing in the changes
Wales are making NINE changes for today's clash, with George North and Liam Williams left out of the 23 all together!
Mason Grady is making his debut in the centre position, with Dan Biggar being moved to the bench.
As for England, Steve Borthwick has made just the one change, with Anthony Watson coming in for his first start in almost two years, he replaces Ollie Hassell-Collins in the XV.
Bradley Roberts, Rhys Carre, Dillon Lewis, Dafydd Jenkins, Tommy Reffell, Kieran Hardy, Dan Biggar, Nick Tompkins
Wales starting XV:
Backs : Leigh Halfpenny, Louis Rees-Zammit, Mason Grady, Joe Hawkins, Josh Adams, Owen Williams, Tomos Williams
Forwards: Gareth Thomas, Ken Owens (C), Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones' Christ Tshiunza, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau
Jack Walker, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes, Ben Curry, Alex Mitchell, Marcus Smith, Henry Arundell
England starting XV:
Backs : Freddie Steward, Max Malins, Henry Slade, Ollie Lawrence, Anthony Watson, Owen Farrell (C), Jack van Poortvliet
Forwards : Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Ollie Chessum, Lewis Ludlam, Jack Willis, Alex Dombrandt
- Lloyd Canfield
Welcome to Wales vs England
England go in search of their second win under coach Steve Borthwick as they travel to The Principality Stadium this afternoon.
One of the biggest clashes in rugby, as the noisy neighbours face off against each other once again, in what promises to be an absolute cracker.
Kick off is at 4:45pm, so stay with us as we bring you all the build up, including team news, stories and build-up for this Cardiff contest.
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