Rugby Union Today: England and Wales name teams

Date published: August 9 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as England and Wales named their sides for the World Cup warm-up at Twickenham on Sunday.

What’s on the site

Five debutants could feature for England against Wales on Sunday after Willi Heinz and Ruaridh McConnochie were named in the first XV, while Jack Singleton, Lewis Ludlam and Joe Marchant are on the bench.

For the visitors, skipper Alun Wyn Jones will become the country’s most capped player when he leads out a strong Welsh side at Twickenham. Jones has appeared 135 times in Tests, which includes nine matches for the British and Irish Lions, and will overtake Gethin Jenkins’ record.

Meanwhile, check out our predictions for that encounter, as well as the two Rugby Championship contests and the final round of the Pacific Nations Cup.

Finally, with the first game of the 2019 Bledisloe Cup taking place on Saturday, watch this superb promo ahead of the clash in our Video of the Week.

What’s in the news

Scotland have cut their squad down to 40 players after releasing four players back to their clubs. Glasgow pair Nick Grigg and Kyle Steyn have been axed, while Henry Pyrgos and Gary Graham have also gone from the group.

Elsewhere, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has backed Tolu Latu to remain calm under pressure when they take on the All Blacks this weekend. New Zealand appeared to target him last year, which led to a yellow card for the Waratahs man, but Hooper believes that Latu has learnt his lesson.

What’s on social media

Only one place we could go to here and that’s Christian Wade’s stunning debut for the Buffalo Bills. With his first carry, the former Wasps and England wing scored a touchdown in their pre-season victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

What’s on TV

The Rugby Championship continues on Saturday and both Australia v New Zealand and Argentina v South Africa will be televised on Sky Sports. Channel 4 shows Ireland v Italy while on Sunday we have England v Wales on Sky.