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Hill called in to face England

21/02/2019

Lock Cory Hill is recalled to the Wales starting line-up for the Guinness Six Nations clash with England at Principality Stadium (kick-off 4.45pm) – and joins Ross Moriaty, Elliot Dee and Aaron Wainwright in the match day squad.

Hill will win his 24th cap in the second row and is joined by regional team-mate Moriarty, who wins his 29th international cap at Number Eight.

Dee could win his 16th cap from the bench and will line-up with Wainwright who could win his sixth cap.

Captain Alun Wyn Jones returns to lead Wales and will make his 122nd Welsh appearance, his 21st as captain, as the two remaining unbeaten teams in the Guinness Six Nations go head-to-head.

Jones will pack down with Hill in the second row with Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric and Moriarty forming the back-row. A front-row of Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Tomas Francis complete the forwards line-up.

Gareth Davies and Gareth Anscombe are named at half-back with Hadleigh Parkes and Jonathan Davies partnering again in the midfield.  Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams make up the back-three.

“We are really happy with the experience we have got in the side,” said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

“We have been on the road for the first two weeks, we are looking forward to being back at home and to build on those first two wins and to build on our performance.

“We’ve had a great two week lead up to this game, we’ve looked really sharp and the squad are incredibly motivated to kick on.

“We know how important this game is for the rest of the championship.  It's a massive challenge playing against an England team that is playing really well and with a lot of confidence and we’ve got to make it difficult for them on Saturday.

“We are looking forward to it and we know the Welsh fans are too and it’s going to be a huge weekend in the Six Nations.”

Dee, Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis provide Wales’ front-row replacements with Adam Beard and Wainwright completing the forward contingent. Aled Davies, Dan Biggar and Owen Watkin provide the backline cover.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY ENGLAND: (Saturday February 23 KO 16.45 - BBC ONE & S4C)

15. Liam Williams (53 Caps)

14. George North (80 Caps)

13. Jonathan Davies (70 Caps)

12. Hadleigh Parkes (12 Caps)

11. Josh Adams (8 Caps)

10. Gareth Anscombe (23 Caps)

9. Gareth Davies (38 Caps)

1. Rob Evans (32 Caps)

2. Ken Owens (61 Caps)

3. Tomas Francis (37 Caps)

4. Cory Hill (23 Caps)

5.  Alun Wyn Jones (122 Caps) (CAPT)

6. Josh Navidi (13 Caps)

7. Justin Tipuric (61 Caps)

8. Ross Moriarty (28 Caps)

 

REPLACEMENTS:

16. Elliot Dee (15 Caps)

17. Nicky Smith (25 Caps)

18. Dillon Lewis (9 Caps)

19. Adam Beard (10 Caps)

20. Aaron Wainwright (5 Caps)

21. Aled Davies (13 Caps)

22. Dan Biggar (67 Caps)

23. Owen Watkin (10 Caps)

We have been on the road for the first two weeks, we are looking forward to being back at home and to build on those first two wins and to build on our performance...
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