Gatland seeks home comforts

21 February 2019 07:47:20 EST

Warren Gatland has opted to start with Gareth Anscombe in his Wales team for Saturday's vital Six Nations clash against England in Cardiff.

The Cardiff Blues playmaker started Wales' opening game win against France but was on the bench a week later when Dan Biggar was handed the number 10 shirt for the victory in Italy.

However, Anscombe returns to the side alongside Gareth Davies in the half-backs while Alun Wyn Jones has once again been handed the captain's armband.

Wales, who have won their last 11 games, are 7/4 to beat England and 5/6 to win the Six Nations outright.

"We are really happy with the experience we have got in the side," said head coach Gatland.

"We have been on the road for the first two weeks so we are looking forward to being back at home and to build on those first two wins and to build on our performance.

"We've had a great two-week lead-up to this game. We've looked really sharp and the squad are incredibly motivated to kick on.

"We know how important this game is for the rest of the championship. It's a massive challenge playing against an England team that is playing really well and with a lot of confidence and we've got to make it difficult for them on Saturday."

Wales can be backed at 2/9 to clinch a top-two finish in this year's Six Nations.

Wales team to play England: Liam Williams (Saracens), George North (Ospreys), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Josh Adams (Worcester), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Rob Evans (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter), Cory Hill (Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Ross Moriarty (Dragons).

Replacements: Elliot Dee (Dragons), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Aled Davies (Ospreys), Dan Biggar (Northampton), Owen Watkin (Ospreys).

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