What are they saying?
England attack coach Scott Wisemantel is backing Rio 2016 silver medallist Ruaridh McConnochie to thrive despite the cauldron-like atmosphere awaiting in the Welsh capital:
“It’s a great opportunity for him. He deserves his chance and it was unfortunate last week when he had the minor injury blow.
“Cardiff on Saturday will be intense but once he gets going and once the whistle is blown, he’ll just settle into things and will be fine.
“He won’t have any problems. The guy has played on the big stage – the Olympic Games. So it won’t be a problem at all.
“He’ll draw on that experience, but he’ll also be focused on the game. He’ll do the job and do it well.”
Head coach Eddie Jones admits disciplinary issues are inevitable at the World Cup:
“I’ve coached for 25 years, I’ve never been confident in a team being smooth.
“We’re like any family – everyone sits around the dining table, everyone enjoys good conversation, but you know there are problems and we’re exactly the same.
“We’ve got 31 sitting around the table, we can have nice conversations. But you know potentially there’s a problem.
“All I can do is trust the players – they are adults, they’re responsible, they want to play for England and we could have some problems. If we do, we’ll deal with them.
“Every team has problems… Don’t believe the book Legacy (about the All Blacks), which everyone seems to base their opinion on teams on.
“No team’s like that – every team has its problems. I’m sure we’ll have our problems and we’ll deal with it.”
Prop Tomas Francis says Wales will target improvements in every area of their game as they prepare for a quickfire return Test match against England:
“In the past 18 months, we’ve made very few unforced errors in this team and stuck to our processes.
“(On Sunday against England), we either scored or dropped the ball, and we will go back and work on that. It’s stuff we can work on and fix.
“Every area of our game is an area for improvement after Sunday, and that includes the scrum and lineout.
“England got the better of us as a pack, and if we are going to win the World Cup we are going to have to improve on those areas.
“In the first half we weren’t good enough, and we know that. Now, it’s about how we react and move forwards.
“It’s an opportunity gone to assert our dominance, but we have a chance to do that on Saturday. Next weekend is a huge opportunity for us as a squad.”
What are the odds?
- Wales to win EVENS
- Draw 20/1
- England to win 4/5
What’s our prediction?
England arrive in Cardiff on Saturday looking to inflict a first home defeat on Wales since they were beaten by New Zealand in November 2017.
Wales have reeled off 10 successive victories at the Principality Stadium since then, although their overall record 14-Test unbeaten run and hopes of becoming world rugby’s No 1-ranked nation ended in south west London.
Predicted score: Wales 30 England 21.