Five talking points ahead of Wales and England’s Six Nations clash


O'Donnell soon made amends as England's forwards flexed their muscles to push the lock over the try line before Beckett showed her pace to tear through defenders and add her name to the scoresheet.

England coach Eddie Jones echoed his fly-half's words but paid homage to Wales for their resilience.

"They are training with us, so hopefully they will be fit enough for selection", said Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde.

Warren Gatland (L) owes defence coach Shaun Edwards a pint aftter beating England, says Sir Ian McGeechan (file photo).

Wales like to play with the roof shut as this suits their preferred running game but in the Six Nations, as opposed to one-off Tests, both sides must agree to "indoor rugby".

Their route to Cardiff has been a contrasting one, with England claiming a maximum 10 points in seeing off Ireland and France, while Wales triumphed efficiently - rather than spectacularly -against Les Bleus and Italy. "We will measure both of them as the week goes on". I thought Gareth Anscombe put in a few big hits to be fair to him.

Resounding wins in Dublin and against France at Twickenham have placed them on course for a potential title decider against Wales, the only other Grand Slam chasing team left in 2019. I don't know whether we lost our heads but they put us under a lot of pressure. On fine margins you make one mistake and it costs you a try and that ultimately cost us the game.

"We are a tight-knit squad, train hard for each other and believe, which is half the battle".

England were outstanding in the first two games.

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"I'm very proud of the boys and it was a great performance and they should enjoy their party tonight", he added, with Wales continuing their Six Nations campaign away to Scotland, beaten 27-10 by France in Paris on Saturday, before finishing at home to Ireland on March 16.

It was their 12th successive win, setting an all-time national record, breaking the previous best sequence that had stood for 109 years.

"Am I going to build it up?"

"Wales' players are full of emotion and it's the biggest game they are going to play in their lives". "There's a good chance there'll be tractors and buses holding them up".

I won't be coming back to Wales, that's for sure'. England had eventually sussed out how to halt Wales' pick-and-go, round-the-corner game plan and went into the break 10-3 to the good.

Gareth Anscombe will be the man entrusted with any shots at goal in his absence and the pair have combined for an 80 per cent kick success rate so far across penalties and conversions, compared to Farrell's 71 per cent.

"I don't think anyone knows where we are yet, except for ourselves, which is a nice place to be".

'Everyone's smiling at the moment, but there's always another day and always another dollar so we'll just wait and see.