Credit: England Rugby

 

England v Wales

England v Wales (KO 16:45) at Twickenham Stadium. Please take some time to read this pre-match guide to ensure you’re best prepared for your visit to the stadium. Twickenham is a cashless venue. We advise you to arrive at least 90 minutes before kick off to avoid queues at turnstiles and bars.

25% discount on food & beverage in the first hour of service from gates opening (13:15 – 14:15). This offer can only be redeemed at the Guinness Surge Bar, Union 15 Bar & Grill and 2003 Bar.

English rugby’s huge imposing home stadium hosting international matches and national cup finals. Plan your visit to Twickenham ahead of time using our helpful guide below, with all the need to know information including travel, key timings, food & drink and facilities.

Key Timings

  • 09:30England Rugby Store opens
  • 11:30World Rugby Museum opens
  • 12:45Ticket Office opens
  • 13:15Turnstiles, hospitality facilities and British Airways Fan Village open
  • 14:15Scotland v France screening in British Airways Fan Village, South Concourse and Level 2 bars
  • 15:15Seating bowl open16:30World Rugby Museum closes
  • 16:45England v Wales kick off17:25(approx) Ticket Office closes

Preview

Warren Gatland’s Wales team travel to Twickenham off the back of a narrow 26-27 home defeat to Scotland in round one, while a Jamie George-led England outfit enter the weekend having won their opening tie against Italy.

Scores from Elliot Daly and Alex Mitchell, as well as 17 points from George Ford secured the 24-27 victory in Rome as Gonzalo Quesada’s Azzurri responded with tries from Alessandro Garbisi and Monty Ioane.

England last faced Wales in back-to-back fixtures ahead of the Rugby World Cup last year. Following a loss in the first game at the Principality, Borthwick’s charges hosted the second, emerging 19-17 victors in front of a Twickenham crowd thanks to a Maro Itoje try and a late Ford penalty.

England have won each of their last five Guinness Men’s Six Nations home matches against Wales, however, each of their last four such victories have come by margins of fewer than seven points; England have led at half time in each of their 12 home games against Wales in the Championship, the only side they’re yet to trail against at the break at Twickenham.

England won their opening game of this year’s Guinness Men’s Six Nations (27-24 v Italy), they have not lost a Round 2 fixture in a campaign after winning their opener since 2009, when they lost to Wales (15-23) after an opening round win against Italy (36-11).

Wales have won just one of their last nine games in the Guinness Men’s Six Nations (L8), however, their sole win in that period came away from home (29-17 v Italy in 2023), while they lost by just a single point in Round 1 this year (26-27 v Scotland).

England beat more defenders than any other team in the opening round of this year’s Guinness Men’s Six Nations (25), while Wales beat the joint-second most (20, also Ireland and France) and were one of three teams to make a joint-high six line breaks (also Italy and Ireland).

England’s Maro Itoje (33) was one of three players to hit 30+ attacking rucks in the opening round of this year’s Guinness Men’s Six Nations, alongside Caelan Doris (31) and Wales’ Dafydd Jenkins (35), while he won a turnover or slowed down three defensive rucks, the joint most of any player alongside Wales’ Tommy Reffell.

George North could make his 50th appearance in the Guinness Six Nations, becoming the fourth Welsh player to reach half a century in the Championship (since 2000), after Stephen Jones (50), Gethin Jenkins (56) and Alun Wyn Jones (67); North is also just three tries away from Brian O’Driscoll’s all-time try scoring record in the Six Nations (23, O’Driscoll – 26).

Steve Borthwick: “Whilst last week’s performance was far from perfect, it was a promising start. This blend of experience and leadership gives these guys that are fairly new in the international environment continuity and cohesion. We expect the very best version of a very good Wales team.”

Jamie George: “We want to build on the foundations we laid in Rome. There’s a huge amount of excitement, this game means a lot to rugby fans in England.

“I have been very impressed with everyone that has come into the squad, Immanuel in particular, he is a very confident guy and isn’t phased by the occasion.”

Credit: English Rugby

 

 

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