England vs Wales LIVE: Six Nations rugby score and latest updates as Courtney Lawes captains

England players arrive at Twickenham ahead of kick-off

Follow live coverage as England host Wales in a crunch Six Nations match at Twickenham on Saturday evening.

Defeat to Scotland in the opener at Murrayfield leaves little margin for error for today’s hosts and coach Eddie Jones knows nothing less than a win will do with tournament favourites Ireland and France still to come. They will have to do it without Manu Tuilagi, however, with the Sale centre recalled only to later be ruled out by injury. Back row Courtney Lawes is back though and will captain the side while Ben Youngs must surpass Jason Leonard’s record as England’s most capped player as a replacement with Harry Randall continuing as starting scrum-half.

For Wales, Louis Rees-Zammit is the surprise omission with fit-again Josh Adams and Alex Cuthbert preferred on the wings. Number eight Taulupe Faletau will makes his first international appearance for 11 months, having successfully proved his fitness following a long-term ankle injury.

Follow all the latest updates and analysis after the conclusion of Scotland vs France:


England vs Wales: Team news

Well, it’s safe to say France are in control of this championship after that phenomenal 36-17 win over Scotland. But we will leave Murrayfield and travel to Twickenham now for England vs Wales.

This is a crucial match for both teams as whoever loses are affectively out of title contention.

While both sides have been hit by injuries, they have some huge players in their line-ups. England didn’t confirm their team until two hours before the match was due to kick-off as Manu Tuilagi had to withdraw with injury.

Elliot Daly comes in at 13 and Joe Marchant is named on the bench. Courtney Lawes is back and is captain and Luke Cowan-Dickie and Kyle Sinckler start.

England: Freddie Steward; Max Malins, Henry Slade, Elliot Daly, Jack Nowell; Marcus Smith, Harry Randall; Ellis Genge, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Kyle Sinckler, Charlie Ewels, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes (captain), Tom Curry, Alex Dombrandt.

Replacements: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Will Stuart, Nick Isiekwe, Sam Simmonds, Ben Youngs, George Ford, Joe Marchant.

While Wales have made two changes from their victory over Scotland two weeks ago.

Josh Adams replaces Louis Rees-Zammit and Taulupe Falatau comes in at no.

Wales: Liam Williams; Alex Cuthbert, Owen Watkin, Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar (captain), Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Will Rowlands, Adam Beard, Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Dewi Lake, Gareth Thomas, Leon Brown, Seb Davies, Jac Morgan, Kieran Hardy, Gareth Anscombe, Jonathan Davies.

Scotland 17-36 France

Antoine Dupont has a chat to Princess Anne – about what I struggle to fathom – before being asked to take the Auld Alliance Trophy off its plinth and over to his teammates. Dupont, as ever, was at the beating heart of so much of what France did today.

F/T: Scotland 17-36 France

France go marching on. Some fluent, fabulous rugby from the visitors to ensure their Grand Slam hopes remain intact.

How crucial was that final five minutes of the first half? Had Stuart Hogg gathered Chris Harris’ pass cleanly, Scotland would have gone ahead; as it was, France scored before the interval at the other end and from there the result was never really in doubt.


Scotland 17-36 France, 81 minutes

First left and then right, Scotland nearly get to the edge but eventually they are quelled. Darcy Graham flings an offload in the vague direction of a teammate and it hits the deck. Knock-on – that’ll be that.

TRY! SCOTLAND 17-36 France, (Duhan van der Merwe try, 80 minutes)

And they strike! Ben White boots the ball long and France return even longer, but that affords Blair Kinghorn plenty of open pasture to build up his speed. The long-striding Kinghorn dummies and keeps on chugging, rounding a French defender and then lifting a nice pass inwards for the similarly large-limbed Duhan van der Merwe.

Time enough for a bonus point score? The hurried conversion goes over…

Scotland 10-36 France, 79 minutes

Antoine Dupont is named the sponsor’s Player of the Match as Scotland feed a midfield scrum which may be their final chance for a consolation…

Scotland 10-36 France, 77 minutes

Everything seems to be working for France now. A Maxime Lucu kick doesn’t quite go where the scrum-half desires but bounces in France’s favour regardless. It nearly skips onwards far enough for a 50:22, but Scotland will have the lineout throw.

Scotland 10-36 France, 76 minutes

It hasn’t always worked for France today but their ambition and accuracy in their offloading has again been outstanding. Thomas Ramos, another replacement, sparks the latest movement that eventually ends as Scotland force France into touch.

TRY! Scotland 10-36 FRANCE (Damian Penaud try, 75 minutes)

Another fine French try! Gael Fickou draws the defence at the line, pulls a pass back and allows Romain Ntamack the time to select the perfect club for his crossfield loft. The fly-half judges it to perfection to capitalise on a narrow Scottish defence, with Damian Penaud a gleeful recipient.

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