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The Six Nations game between Wales and England, Friday night, February 6th in Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, guarantees to be a classic matchup between these traditional rivals. In the past 125 total matches, Wales lead narrowly 57-56-12, and an England win would tie up the series. If that occurs, the tiebreaker would occur in the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool play. Pool A - with England, Wales, and Australia - is the most difficult of the four pools, and one of the three sides will be disappointed not to advance into the eight team quarter finals.
But the RWC is months away and ths year's Six Nations opener is at hand.
Both squads feature a mix of experienced and new players. England will bring in ten uncapped players, while Wales number eleven. Wales, which announced their side early in the week, made two changes from the autumn's tests by bringing in George North and Richard Hibbard. The contest also marks a historic 50th-cap for captain Sam Waterburton.
Last year, England defeated Wales 29-18 in Twickenham.
Wales is counting on a continuation of their autumn results, mainly, an upset over visiting South Africa 12-6 and a narrow victory against plucky Fiji 17-13.
England lead 9-6 in the fifteen-years of Six Nation play.
Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (ASM Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Richard Hibbard (Gloucester), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Ospreys), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, CAPT), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons)
Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Paul James (Bath Rugby), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Luke Charteris (Racing Metro), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Liam Williams (Scarlets)
England have yet to announce the team.