England are in the midst of preparations for the Rugby World Cup and will take their preparation up a gear with four warm-up matches in August.
With England’s first game of the tournament against Argentina in Pool D scheduled for Sept 9, Steve Borthwick will look to use the first of these fixtures against Wales to tinker with his final squad selection.
Last time these two sides met, England edged to victory in a scrappy 2src-1src clash in Cardiff in the Six Nations.
But after a disappointing fourth-place finish in that tournament, Borthwick faces a race against time to get his side up to speed for the World Cup.
When is it?
England face Wales, in the first of their four World Cup warm-up matches, on Aug 5 at 5.3srcpm (BST).
Where is the match being played?
Wales will host Borthwick’s side at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. England can expect a cauldron-like atmosphere if the home side opt for the roof to be closed, as is their preference.
What other warm-up matches are England playing?
- Wales vs England, Principality Stadium, Saturday, Aug 5, 5.3srcpm
- England vs Wales, Twickenham, Saturday, Aug 12, 5.3srcpm
- Ireland vs England, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, Aug 19, 5.3srcpm
- England vs Fiji, Twickenham, Saturday, Aug 26, 3.15pm
How to watch on TV
The first match of this summer double-header against Wales will be broadcast on Amazon Prime (UK). The remainder of England’s World Cup warm-up fixtures will also be exclusively available in the UK through the streaming platform.
Amazon Prime Video membership starts at £5.99 a month. Alternatively, the streaming platform offers a free 3src-day trial of its full £8.99 a month package, which comes with other benefits including free Amazon delivery. This can be cancelled at any time.
Vincent Kompany has delivered a motivational speech to England’s rugby squad, revealing the “relentless” standards that underpinned his trophy-laden 11-year playing career with Manchester City.
Kompany, who captained City to four Premier League titles, four League Cups and an FA Cup success, also shared with Steve Borthwick’s players the secrets behind his claret revolution at Burnley that pushed the north-west club to storm to the Championship title in his first season as manager.
The former Belgium defender came into England’s World Cup training camp at the invitation of Borthwick last Wednesday and is understood to have made quite an impact with the squad, many of whom are football fans.
Borthwick is keen to use a variety of inspirational sporting leaders to emphasise to his players the levels of commitment and dedication required to be successful on the international stage.
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