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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 February, 2003, 11:06 GMT
Wales team to face England
Ceri Sweeney and Jonathan Humphreys
Sweeney and Humphreys were shock call-ups
Whatever other debates are going on in Welsh rugby, this is one that always gets the fans going.

Following the upset in Italy on the opening RBS Six Nations weekend, coach Steve Hansen has made sweeping changes to the side to face England on Saturday.

BBC Sport profiles the men who will start against the old enemy at the Millennium Stadium.

Predicted Wales team to face England

Full-back - Kevin Morgan (Swansea)
Rhys Williams did little wrong against Italy, but moving the Cardiff flyer to wing allows Morgan to reclaim his place. England's backs will be a huge step up in class and the canny Morgan is the best there is to help snuff out danger.

Kevin Morgan
Kevin Morgan is recalled at No 15

Right wing - Rhys Williams (Cardiff)
Mark Jones' confidence - as well as his chin - took a big knock against Italy and was not be fit in time to take on England. Williams is a proven try scorer with Cardiff and only needs a yard of space to hurt the opposition.

Outside centre - Mark Taylor (Swansea)
Leigh Davies punched a few holes in the Italian midfield, but his defensive work was often left wanting. Taylor has yet to regain his best form since recovering from a knee injury, but has the experience to deal with England's centres.

Inside centre - Tom Shanklin (Saracens)
The Saracens man was head-and-shoulders Wales' best back in Rome. Surprisingly moved to inside centre where he'll have less opportunity.

Left wing - Gareth Thomas (Bridgend)
Thomas caught the eye with a spin out of a tackle to set up Shanklins' try, but also got through his fair share of donkey work. His defensive qualities will be needed against Dan Luger.

Fly-half - Ceri Sweeney (Pontypridd)
Iestyn Harris did little wrong against Italy, but failed to stamp his authority on the game. Sweeney has been playing consistently well at club level all season. Could be just the game to burst onto the international scene.

Ben Evans
Ben Evans played well below par against Italy

Scrum-half - Gareth Cooper (Bath)
Cooper, with just three caps to his name, is an inexperienced man to bring in at scrum-half. But the Bath man has been a regular in the English Premiership for a number of years. An accurate passer and always quick to find gaps around the rucks and mauls.

Loosehead prop - Iestyn Thomas (Llanelli)
Thomas had to shoulder more than his fair share of work as several of his colleagues in the pack went AWOL. Remains Wales' premier loosehead.

Hooker - Jonathan Humphreys (Bath, captain)
An astounding return to the international stage for the 33-year-old hooker. His selection in the team is enough of a surprise, let alone receiving the captain's armband. Humphreys has enjoyed a consistent season at Bath and will not be intimidated by the English forwards. Will captain Wales for the 18th time.

Tighthead prop - Ben Evans (Swansea)
Martyn Madden has been touted as the man to give Wales extra ball-carrying options, but his shoulder injury will keep him out, leaving Evans as the only tighthead in the squad.

Lock - Steve Williams (Northampton)
Scored a great try in Rome, and is another player familiar with the English players. Faces a stern challenge against Ken Kay and Martin Johnston.

Lock - Robert Sidoli (Pontypridd)
One of only three Wales forwards to perform anywhere near his potential against Italy, Sidoli remains the first-choice lock in Wales.

Dafydd Jones
Dafydd Jones reclaims his blindside spot

Blindside flanker - Dafydd Jones (Llanelli)
Michael Owen failed to shine on the blindside before replacing the injured Steve Williams at lock. This leaves Jones to reclaim the No 6 shirt he wore with distinction in the autumn internationals. Martyn Williams can't do all the scavenging himself and Jones' extra speed around the field will help.

Number eight - Gavin Thomas (Bath)
A dynamic and tireless openside flanker, Thomas will give Wales an extra dimension in a open and flowing match. Does not have the ball-carrying power of Colin Charvis, but will be quicker around the park.

Openside flanker - Martyn Williams (Cardiff)
Brilliant and consistent, Williams is Hansen's ace-in-the-hole in the pack. The Cardiff No 7 sets an example his team-mates would do well to follow.

Reps: G Williams (Bridgend), G Jenkins (Pontypridd), G Llewellyn (Neath), C Charvis (Swansea), D Peel (Llanelli), I Harris (Cardiff), M Watkins (Llanelli).





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