Tomorrow, Twickenham plays host to the most important game of the Six Nations. Wales and England are set to clash in what will decide the fate of both team’s campaign. Since that torrid day in late September, England have sought revenge for that defeat which the Welsh inflicted upon the English. However since that dismal defeat England have come on leaps and bounds. With a new coach, captain and mainly a centre partnership that doesn’t involve Sam Burgess or Brad Barritt, England look much improved and are starting to look like a proper outfit rather than Stuart Lancaster’s merry men.
In Wales, England are dubbed the enemy and the basic intention for any Welshman is to do one over on England. However despite England being public enemy number one, Wales seem to be rich in English talent. Here are the names of many players who wear the red shirt of Wales despite the place of their birth which instead took place in England. Here are five talented Welsh and English rugby union players.
North is one of the best wingers in the world while still only being at the tender age of 23. The winger capped 58 times for Wales was in fact born on the other side of the River Severn. The Welsh wizard was born in Norfolk back in 1992 but has gone on to play for the Welsh side where he grew up from the age of two. Just imagine if George North wore the red rose of England.
Davies is an exciting talent that Wales are lucky to have. The Clermont man played more minutes on the 2013 Lions tour than any other player, highlighting his importance to any side he’s in. He may be in Warren Gatland’s side but he could’ve just as easily been an integral part of Eddie Jones’ plans. Outside centre Davies was actually born in Solihull, England in the West Midlands. England are unlucky to lose out on a world class centre.
Charteris is heading to Bath next season and to another country where he will play his rugby. However Charteris is no stranger to English soil as he was born in here in 1983 in Devon. Charteris is infamous for his maul defence and his lineout work which are skills any top international side would want.
Lydiate has grown into a great blindside flanker working so well alongside his captain, Sam Warburton. However if he had of played for his birth country then he would’ve been Chris Robshaw’s partner in crime instead of Warburton’s at the World Cup. Despite his birth being in Salford (commonly a rugby league town) he has donned the red of Wales since 2009 rather than the white of England.
Cuthbert’s career has been hot and cold like a tap so far. His impressive Lions form has yet to be rediscovered since his exploits in 2013. But would Cuthbert be struggling if he were in Eddie Jones’ team? The Cardiff Blues winger is actually Gloucester born and raised playing youth rugby with England’s Jonny May. If things had worked out for the pair they could’ve gone from junior rugby to international rugby together. But Cuthbert followed his mother’s roots into a career for Wales.