England coach Steve Borthwick confirms unchanged XV for home Six Nations clash with Wales as Red Rose hope to build on opening Italy win

  • Only change to the matchday squad comes with Ellis Genge’s return on bench
  • Borthwick will be hoping to gain momentum after 27-24 victory over Italy
  • In contrast, Wales have made seven changes for Saturday’s Twickenham clash

Steve Borthwick has confirmed the selection of an unchanged England starting XV for the Six Nations showdown with Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Red Rose head coach has stuck with the same line-up which began the victory over Italy in Rome last weekend, as he seeks to build further momentum in round two. 

The only change to the matchday squad is on the bench, as vice-captain Ellis Genge returns, as expected, after missing the opener with a foot injury.

By opting for selection stability, Borthwick has backed the five players who made their England debuts in Rome – Ethan Roots and Fraser Dingwall in the starting XV, along with Chandler Cunningham-South, Fin Smith and Immanuel Feyi-Waboso on the bench. 

The latter – Exeter’s new wing sensation – is poised to win just his second Test cap against the country of his birth.

England coach Steve Borthwick has confirmed an unchanged starting XV to face Wales

Vice-captain Ellis Genge returns to the squad on the bench after overcoming a foot injury

Vice-captain Ellis Genge returns to the squad on the bench after overcoming a foot injury

Alex Mitchel was one of England's try scorers as they fought back from behind against Italy

Alex Mitchel was one of England’s try scorers as they fought back from behind against Italy

George Ford kicked five penalties and a conversion as England turned it around in Rome

George Ford kicked five penalties and a conversion as England turned it around in Rome

Setting the scene for the encounter with Wales, Borthwick said: ‘It was pleasing and important to have started our Six Nations campaign in Rome with a victory. However, we know there are areas of our game to improve.

‘With a new player group and a number of new caps, we have tried to develop our game on both sides of the ball. Such changes take time, and I was pleased how quickly the players settled and adapted last weekend against Italy.

‘I have no doubt that this group of players are relishing the challenge before them and are looking forward to creating a very special experience for our supporters.’

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