HOW DO THEY GET THERE: After opening day losses to Scotland and Ireland, the English and Welsh bounced back in the second week of 6N. England thrashed Italy 33-0 in Rome and Wales beat Scotland 20-17 in Cardiff, with a Dan Biggar drop goal ten minutes from the end of the match. Thus, with a win and a loss for each, both teams know that they must win to have a chance of continuing in the fight for the title, since both still have to face France (The Dragons on matchday four and The Pink on the fifth date).
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: Winning is the only option for those led by Eddie Jones and Wayne Pivac, after the defeats of the initial date. England exchanged pieces in Italy and won easily, as expected. The Welsh thing was much more worked out, with a closed procedure against Scotland, in a meeting that was defined on the closing. They arrived tied on 17 goals in the pasti twenty minutes when with one more player – for Russell being yellowed – they managed to win 20-17.
THE KEYS: Regardless of what the fate of the tournament decides for England, the renewal proposed by Jones this year has already shown some very interesting faces. Marcus Smith is one of the figures of the Six Nations. Without Owen Farrell he became the owner of the number 10 and is one of the top scorers, along with the Frenchman Jaminet. Against Italy there were several who stood out: Alex Dombrandt, Harry Randall, Max Malins and Freddie Steward among the new faces, with Itoje, George, Genge, Slade, Daly, Simmonds, Cowan-Dickie and Sinckler to consolidate the structure. Wales made a false step on their debut in Dublin, clearly outclassed by Ireland. They bounced back against Scotland, but have to improve to match France, Ireland and their opponents next Saturday. Injuries complicated them and have been a constant for a long time in each Welsh team, which, however, always finds variants to be competitive. This week Taulupe Faletau returns to the squad, a player with 86 caps and a undian of ascendancy in the team.
BACKGROUND: Great parity in recent years, with three wins for England and two for Wales in the last five games from 2019 to date. Last year in Cardiff, Wales prevailed 40-24 and took a key step towards winning the tournament. In London, the cast of La Rosa has won five consecutive victories since 2016. The Dragon’s last celebration on English soil was the group stage match of the 2015 World Cup, when a tight 28-25 for Wales left England out in the first wheel.