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Luther Burrell: The centre knows a strong showing will cement his return to the England squad for the tour of Australia as a replacement for the injured Manu Tuilagi. Burrell narrowly missed out on World Cup selection last year as Stuart Lancaster elected to name Sam Burgess in his 31-man squad instead, and the Northampton Saints centre subsequently missed the Six Nations as Owen Farrell and Jonathan Joseph lined up together.
If Burrell can impress against Wales, there’s no reason to rule him out of the equation in the running for one of the two centre berths.
England: M Brown (Harlequins); A Watson (Bath), J Joseph (Bath), L Burrell (Northampton), M Yarde (Harlequins); G Ford (Bath), B Youngs (Leicester); M Mullan (Wasps), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), D Cole (Leicester), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton), T Harrison (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps), J Clifford (Harlequins).
Replacements: T Taylor (Sale), E Genge (Leicester), P Hill (Northampton), D Attwood (Bath), M Kvesic (Gloucester), D Care (Harlequins), O Devoto (Bath), E Daly (Wasps).
Wales: L Williams (Scarlets), G North (Northampton Saints), S Williams (Scarlets), J Roberts (Harlequins), H Amos (Dragons), D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys), R Evans (Scarlets), S Baldwin (Ospreys), S Lee (Scarlets), J Ball (Scarlets), AW Jones (Ospreys), R Moriarty (Gloucester), D Lydiate (Ospreys), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).
Replacements: K Dacey (Cardiff Blues), G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), R Jones (Scarlets), J Turnbull (Cardiff Blues), J King (Ospreys), L Williams (Cardiff Blues), R Priestland (Bath Rugby), G Anscombe (Cardiff Blues).
59-57: England hold a slender lead in the head-to-head battle with Wales, with their tally of 59 victories just two more than the Welsh haul. The teams have played 128 times before, playing out 12 draws, and a victory for Wales on Sunday can move them to within one win of England.
Wales helped knock England out of the Rugby World Cup? The home World Cup ended is embarrassment for the hosts as a late defeat to Wales left them on the brink of a pool stage exit – something that was confirmed a week later when Australia routed the red rose.
A try from scrum-half Rhys Webb sealed a 28-25 victory to spark wild celebrations at Twickenham.
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Teimana Harrison: The Northampton Saints flanker will receive his first cap in an England shirt after being selected to replace the rested Chris Robshaw. With the back-row conundrum still somewhat unclear – with James Haskell, Jack Clifford and Robshaw all in the mix – Harrison needs a strong showing to throw his name into the hat and prove to Eddie Jones that he has something to offer.
The New Zealand-born flanker starts on the openside with Clifford at No 8 and Haskell on the blindside.
Last three meetings...
England 25 Wales 21, Six Nations, March 2016
England 25 Wales 28, Rugby World Cup, November 2015
Wales 16 England 21, Six Nations, February 2015
(Odds provided by BetVictor)
Kick-off: 3pm on Sunday
TV: Live on Sky Sports 3 from 2.30pm
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