Wales v England
Warburton and Robshaw's back-row battle will be among the key head-to-heads in Cardiff. Getty Images

Wales host England in the opening game of the 2015 Six Nations at the Millennium Stadium.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is at 20:05 (GMT), Friday 6 February, and is live on BBC One and BBC One HD, with live commentary available at BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.


The 2015 Six Nations promises to start with a bang as Wales hosts England in Cardiff on a Friday night, just seven months before their crunch World Cup pool match.

After improving on a record of one win in 27 matches against the southern hemisphere big three with victory over South Africa last autumn, Wales' preparation for the Championship has been ideal, with little or no injury worries concerning coach Warren Gatland.

That build-up has been in stark contrast to the problems which have underlined England's injury issues, which sees them without a spate of influential players for the entire tournament including Ben Morgan, Owen Farrell, and Joe Launchbury.

Stuart Lancaster is unable to name a team which will even remotely resemble the XV he wants to play against Wales in September, but five of the side which played in the Six Nations and Grand Slam shattering 30-3 defeat in their last visit to the Millennium Stadium in 2013 will return.

David Wilson, Courtney Lawes, Brad Barritt and Geoff Parling are all missing through injury, but could return next month.

The headline England team news surrounds Nick Easter's recall four years on from his last international appearance.


Wales: 15. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. Alex Cuthbert, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Jamie Roberts, 11. George North, 10. Dan Biggar, 9.Rhys Webb; 1. Gethin Jenkins, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. Samson Lee, 4. Jake Ball, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Dan Lydiate, 7. Sam Warburton, 8. Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: 16. Scott Baldwin, 17. Paul James, 18. Aaron Jarvis, 19. Luke Charteris, 20. Justin Tipuric, 21. Mike Phillips, 21. Rhys Priestland, 22. Liam Williams.

England: 15. Mike Brown, 14: Anthony Watson, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Luther Burrell, 11. Jonny May, 10. George Ford, 9. Ben Youngs; 1. Joe Marler, 2. Dylan Hartley, 3. Dan Cole, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. George Kruis, 6. James Haskell, 7. Chris Robshaw, 8. Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: 16. Tom Youngs, 17. Mako Vunipola 18. Kieran Brookes, 19. Tom Croft, 20. Nick Easter, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Danny Cipriani, 23. Billy Twelvetrees.

What the Coaches Say

Warren Gatland: "I don't think England will worry about us. They probably could have guessed what the team was going to be, like some smart reporters did yesterday.

"It wasn't a hard team to pick and I think England would have been fairly confident. They would have done a lot of work on us. We are not sure what team they are going to pick and when we find that out we will start to do our analysis."

Stuart Lancaster: "The atmosphere there means that it puts pressure on the players to scan and to see the picture because often you can't hear the calls. That's the part of the experience the players gained two years ago: the sheer intensity of that game and the volume of noise and everything that came with it.

"A number of the players played in that match and we will definitely be better prepared second time around. Experience gives you that level of preparation and understanding."