Wales fans came away from their sides 33-7 thumping of Italy with mixed emotions. Although Rob Howley’s side demonstrated very little in the first half, they were unlucky not to come away with a bonus point after Liam Williams knocked as he lunged toward the line during the final play of the game.
Some have argued that the catalyst for Wales’ change in approach was the introduction of Sam Davies, who replaced the injured Dan Biggar at half time. From that point forward the Welsh backline attacked with greater intent and exposed gaps in the Italian defence.
However, Howley has not been tempted to start Davies, and has instead opted to keep Biggar in situ against England. Despite also suffering an injury against Italy, George North retains his place on the wing, with Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies retained in midfield.
After conceding a number of scrum penalties to the Italians in the first half last weekend, Howley selected two new props to start against England, with Rob Evans and Thomas Francis coming in for Nicky Smith and Samson Lee.
However, the most noticeable inclusion in the Welsh line-up is the return of Taulupe Faletau, who promises to make an impact from the bench.
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