Wales vs England
Competition: Six Nations Rugby
Date: 11 February 2017
Kick-off: 17:50 CET
As so often when Eddie Jones is involved this game for England against Wales has had its fair share of sideshows with the stadium’s roof being one of the biggest. The roof will be open, and the Welsh will hope their home record counts for something as the English aim for 16 straight wins.
Jones’ defence of the Six Nations, and his attempts at extending his team’s winning record have been stretched in the first game of the Six Nations, as France lost out just by three points in the opening round. But still, Jones was bold enough to call the performance trash, but state he always knew they would win, and that is kind of the mantra of the English, they do not know how to lose. Wales will provide a test for them, despite being poor going back to last year November, but a lot of that has to do with Wales having a really good home record against the English in Cardiff.
For Wales, this is clearly their biggest test, they were not good against a poor Italian side and now they have to face the second best team in the world who do not want to lose. They will hang onto the fact that the Millennium Stadium is a fortress, but really they need more cohesion and team play. There are plenty of stars in the squad, but they do not play well together and as such they have found it hard against the more rigid and structured teams – which England is the king off.
Wales vs England: Head-to-Head Stats
A fixture steeped in history that harks back all the way to 1881 through to modern day across 129 games. And in all that time it has been pretty close between these sides with England winning sixty and Wales 57. There have also been the 12 draws. The last two games were won by England with Wales last winning in the World Cup pool game in 2015.
Wales vs England: Prediction
You have to feel that there is no reason why Eddie Jones and his England side can’t make it a record beating 16 wins in a row against Wales. The Welsh are not as good as they can be, but against England they will no doubt raise their game and make things interesting. But even when England are not at their best they are probably still better than Wales in their form.
Wales vs England: Tips
Jack Nowell has been included in the starting team and he has a real eye for the tryline so bet on him to be an anytime scorer.