We select our 23 man squad and starting XV that we believe to be best placed to claim an important victory over Wales this weekend…

15.Mike Brown

Man of the match against Fiji, and irreplaceable in key games.

14.Anthony Watson

Turning into one of England’s best players right now.

13.Jonathan Joseph

Hasn’t shone yet, but still a key figure for the time being.

12.Brad Barritt

His place is on the line, but now is not the time for experimentation.

11.Jack Nowell

May is unlucky but Nowell offers added security against powerful Welsh backs.

10.George Ford

Struggled a bit against Fiji, but has the potential to unlock the Welsh defence.

9.Ben Youngs

Another to struggle slightly against Fiji, but still deserves to retain his place for now.


8.Ben Morgan

Ineffectual against Fiji, but needs game time to regain match sharpness.

7.Chris Robshaw

As captain Robshaw should be involved in every game.

6.Tom Wood

Currently looks like England’s best option at blindside.

5.Courtney Lawes

Can lead the line out and is a monster in defence.

4.Joe Launchbury

England missed his work at the breakdown against Fiji.

3.Dan Cole

Needs to show he can hold up the scrum or loses his place.

2.Tom Youngs

Great in the loose but still a concern at the line out.

1.Joe Marler

Another who needs to prove he can get on top in the scrum.


16.Jamie George

Needs more game time given the promise he has shown.

17.Mako Vunipola

Made an immediate impact off the bench against Fiji.

18.Kieran Brookes

Helped stabilise England’s scrum.

19.George Kruis

Offers impact off the bench.

20.Billy Vunipola

Made a huge impact against Fiji.

21.Danny Care

Can speed up the game and get England firing.

22.Owen Farrell

Showed he can control a game in the dying minutes against Fiji.

23.Sam Burgess

Showed flashes of what he is capable of against Fiji.