Wales have prepared for their potential 2016 Six Nations championship decider against England by retaining the same initial XV that ended France's unbeaten run with a 19-10 win in Cardiff earlier this month. Warren Gatland's second-place side travel to Twickenham on 12 March looking to overhaul a one-point deficit in the standings and prevent their old rivals from moving to just one victory away from achieving their first grand slam in 13 years.
While there are no changes to their starting line-up, the 2013 champions name Rhys Webb in the matchday squad for the first time since his World Cup hopes were ended by a serious foot injury in a warm-up clash with Italy last September. The influential scrum-half returned to domestic action with a second-half cameo for the Ospreys during their Guinness PRO12 win at Munster in February and has since proved his fitness with starts against Connacht and Leinster.
Although Webb will undoubtedly have designs on eventually regaining the number 9 shirt at international level, the form of Scarlets counterpart Gareth Davies means that he has to settle for a place on the bench for now. Joining the 27-year-old as a replacement is lock Luke Charteris, who missed the France match with a knee problem. Paul James also comes in as front-row cover with Wales' most-capped player, Gethin Jenkins, failing to return from a calf complaint suffered in the warm-up at the Millennium Stadium. Lloyd Williams and Jake Ball also drop out.
"I thought the team went pretty well against France," Gatland told the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) after his latest team announcement. "[We've got] a couple of guys back from injury. Luke Charteris comes back on the bench and obviously we're lucky enough to put Rhys Webb on the bench as well. It's sticking with an experienced side and hopefully they can do a job for us."
"I think Saturday will decide the Six Nations. I think if we win, we would like to think we could beat Italy at home... For us, it's like a final. That's how we're approaching it. Win on Saturday, we've got a good chance of winning the Six Nations.
"If England win and even lose to France, I still think they would win the Six Nations because I think the points difference would be enough for them to win the title. For both teams, there is a huge amount to play for."
Wales team to face England at Twickenham
15. Liam Williams, 14. Alex Cuthbert, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Jamie Roberts, 11. George North, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Gareth Davies; 1. Rob Evans, 2. Scott Baldwin, 3. Samson Lee, 4. Bradley Davies, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Dan Lydiate, 7. Sam Warburton (c), 8 Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: 16. Ken Owens, 17. Paul James, 18. Tomas Francis, 19. Luke Charteris, 20. Justin Tipuric, 21. Rhys Webb, 22. Rhys Priestland, 23. Gareth Anscombe.