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A fierce rivalry that stems 138 years and 131 matches (England 62 wins, Wales 57 wins and 12 draws) will be re-ignited this Saturday when England take on Wales at the Principality Stadium. The talk of the town is the winner will go on to lift the trophy and possibly complete the Grand Slam on March 16th. England will face Scotland and then Italy at Twickenham to close out their Six Nations, while Wales will go away to France then finish with a tough test in the form of Ireland at Principality Stadium to see out the competition.
The Red and Whites will walk out to a rowdy reception at the Principality Stadium. Eddie Jones and his band of merry men have won their past two fixtures 21-16 on Welsh turf in 2015 and 2017, can they make it a hat-trick?
A crowd built up of 65,000 mainly anti-English fans will gather to show their support. The players will feel an intimidating atmosphere as it is not only the fans in the stadium who want English blood but a whole nation. England’s scrum-half Danny Care was sharing stories on this week’s Rugby Union Weekly, where he mentioned that the team bus was literally head-butted on the way from the hotel to the stadium, stupidity or pure passion, you decide!
There is added pressure for Wales as they have won their last 11 games on the bounce, if they win on Saturday they will make history and create a Welsh record (current record stands at 11 wins between 09 Mar 1907 - 01 Jan 1910). For Wales, what better team to make history against than your old foe’s? For Welsh rugby fans, there is no bigger match than facing England on home soil.
A coach is obliged to talk up his team’s chances but Jones was eager to talk up Wales’ 11-game winning streak, he believes the pressure is on the home team. During Eddies pre-match press conference he stated, “They’re [Wales] going to be full of emotions. They’ve been saying they’re ready to rip heads off. The senior players are holding them back. Our job is to be like that heavyweight boxer that comes in, knows exactly what he’s going to do, waits for the opportunity for the knockout and then takes it.”
On 16th March 2013 a similarly confident England team, came to play in Wales, hoping for not only a Six Nations title but aspirations of a Grand Slam. On that day Wales not only crushed the visitors by a record points haul of 30-3 but snatched the Six Nations title from English hands. Depending on which side of the fence you sit, it was a day of joy or despair.
Let’s hope this Saturday we get a game of intensity, passion, desire, points and most importantly an England victory!
For the gamblers out there the bookies have England as slight favourites with a victory by a margin of 4-7 points.
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