Wales rocketed themselves into the Six Nations title conversation with a bonus point win over Scotland at the weekend. Depleted by injuries, Warren Gatland’s side weren’t fancied by many last week. However, they blitzed the visiting Scots, and killed off the game early to secure a bonus point victory.
However, the next two games will either make or break the Welsh, with trips to London and Dublin. Away games against the second and third-ranked teams in the world will always be a tricky task, but Gatland and Co. will be quietly confident of getting a result.
First up is Twickenham on Saturday evening, and Gatland has kept faith with the side that saw off Scotland.
George North returns, but there is no place in the starting team as he takes the number 23 jersey, with Owen Watkin dropping off the team. Therefore Gatland keeps faith in Steff Evans and Josh Adams on the flanks, with Leigh Halfpenny starting at fullback after his impressive two-try display against Scotland.
The head coach was happy with the display on Saturday, but knows a tougher challenge lies ahead.
“It’s great to name an unchanged starting XV, the players deserve that for a very good performance on the opening weekend.
“We have made one change on the bench, with George coming in for Owen (Watkin), which is tough on Owen but Josh (Adams) picked up a slight strain last weekend so George provides us a bit more cover there.
“We know how tough it is going to be against that huge English forward pack. They are really going to test us. England have been in great form the last couple of years so we know the challenge we face but we have had a good couple of weeks in camp and we are looking forward to going up to Twickenham.”