Jonathan Joseph is an old-style centre with stealth and quick feet rather than pure muscle

Six Nations 2015: Jonathan Joseph is ready to step up and swivel against Wales' formidable pair

Stuart Lancaster has opted for artistry of Bath centre to take on wealth of experience offered by Roberts and Davies

Danny Cipriani trains with England

Wales vs England: Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter on bench for Six Nations opener

Stuart Lancaster has confirmed his team for Friday's match

Wales vs England: Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter set for England bench

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Robshaw hoping to get revenge for humiliating 30-3 defeat in 2013

Maggie Alphonsi is thought to be the only England squad member considering retirement

Maggie Alphonsi throws herself into Rio dream after conquering the world

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Six Nations 2014: Graham Rowntree to speak to 'under-pressure' Dylan Hartley ahead of Wales showdown

Hartley's ill-discipline has reared it's ugly head again this season causing questions to be asked of the England hooker's selection

Warren Gatland, the Wales coach, unveiled his side 48 hours earlier than anticipated (Getty)

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Gatland's team from 1 to 15 was as expected

Billy Vunipola, right, gives Dan Cole a hand during England training at Pennyhill Park on Monday (Getty)

Six Nations 2015: Vunipola stays humble for task of reducing Wales to rubble

England No 8 reveals suffering a crisis of faith after taking his place for granted

Leicester's Dan Cole has been called up as replacement for the injured David Wilson (Getty)

Six Nations 2015: England look to Cole after Wilson joins casualty list

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Sam Warburton leads Wales against England

Six Nations 2015: Sam Warburton to lead Wales as Warren Gatland names side to face England 48 hours early

George North and Richard Hibbard return to the starting XV after missing the 12-6 autumn international victory over South Africa

Dave Attwood during an England training session at Pennyhill Park

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George Ford has won only six caps yet already looks a natural on the international stage

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No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff, writes Hugh Godwin

Star turn: The 18-year-old Keith Jarrett cut England to shreds in Cardiff in 1967

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