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Watson during the World Cup semi-final, with George Ford in support.
Watson during the World Cup semi-final, with George Ford in support.
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Wilson and Watson for England XV as Wales bring back Liam Williams

The pair have missed out on international duty since featuring the World Cup final.
Mar 5th 2020, 11:06 AM 6,676 3

BATH WING ANTHONY Watson will make his return to the England side for Saturday’s Six Nations meeting with Wales in Twickenham (kick-off 16.45).

Watson starts outside the centre combination of Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell, replacing Jonathan Joseph.

The second change from the side who convincingly defeated Ireland a fortnight ago comes in the back row. Sam Underhill is sidelined and so Mark Wilson – who regularly plays as a blindside – wears the number 7 shirt with Tom Curry still at number 8.

The match will be England’s last outing in the near future as their final round meeting with Italy is set to be postponed.

Meanwhile, Wales boss Wayne Pivac has made four changes to his starting XV as Liam Williams makes his return from injury on the wing.

Back row Josh Navidi is also back from injury for his first appearance of this Six Nations, while scrum-half Tomos Williams and loosehead prop Rob Evans come into the team.

England:

15. Elliot Daly 
14. Anthony Watson 
13. Manu Tuilagi 
12. Owen Farrell (captain)
11. Jonny May 
10. George Ford
9. Ben Youngs 

1. Joe Marler 
2. Jamie Georg
3. Kyle Sinckler 
4. Maro Itoje
5. George Kruis 
6. Courtney Lawes
7. Mark Wilson
8. Tom Curry 

Replacements:

16. Luke Cowan-Dickie
17. Ellis Genge
18. Will Stuart
19. Joe Launchbury
20. Charlie Ewels 
21. Ben Earl
22. Willi Heinz 
23. Henry Slade

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Wales:

15. Leigh Halfpenny
14. George North 
13. Nick Tompkins
12. Hadleigh Parkes
11. Liam Williams 
10. Dan Biggar 
9. Tomos Williams

1. Rob Evans
2. Ken Owens
3. Dillon Lewis
4. Jake Ball
5. Alun Wyn Jones (captain)
6. Ross Moriarty 
7. Justin Tipuric
8. Josh Navidi

Replacements:

16. Ryan Elias 
17. Rhys Carre 
18. Leon Brown 
19. Aaron Shingler 
20. Taulupe Faletau 
21. Rhys Webb 
22. Jarrod Evans 
23. Johnny McNicholl 

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