Wales v England, Rugby World Cup 2023 warm-up: When is it and how to watch on TV

Lewis Ludlam and England train - England v Wales, Rugby World Cup 2023 warm-up: When is it and how to watch on TV

Lewis Ludlam and England are building towards their opening World Cup warm-up match on August 5 – Getty Images/Dan Mullan

England are in the midst of preparations for the Rugby World Cup and will take their preparations up a gear with four warm-up matches in August.

With England’s first game of the tournament against Argentina in Pool D on September 9, Steve Borthwick will look to use the first of these fixtures against Wales to tinker with his final squad selection.

Borthwick will name his squad on Monday, so Saturday’s match is the final audition.

Last time these two sides met, England edged to victory in a scrappy 20-10 clash in Cardiff in the Six Nations.

But after a disappointing fourth-place finish in that tournament, Borthwick faces a race against time to get his side up to speed for the World Cup.

When is it?

England face Wales, in the first of their four World Cup warm-up matches, on Saturday August 5 at 5.30pm (BST).

Where is the match being played?

Wales will host Borthwick’s side at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff. England can expect a cauldron-like atmosphere if the home side opt for the roof to be closed, as is their preference.

What other warm-up matches are England playing?

  • England vs Wales, Twickenham, Saturday, Aug 12, 5.30pm

  • Ireland vs England, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, Aug 19, 5.30pm

  • England vs Fiji, Twickenham, Saturday, Aug 26, 3.15pm

How to watch on TV

The first match of this summer double-header against Wales will be broadcast on Amazon Prime (UK). The remainder of England’s World Cup warm-up fixtures will also be exclusively available in the UK through the streaming platform.

Amazon Prime Video membership starts at £5.99 a month. Alternatively, the streaming platform offers a free 30-day trial of its full £8.99 a month package, which comes with other benefits including free Amazon delivery. This can be cancelled at any time.

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Vincent Kompany has delivered a motivational speech to England’s rugby squad, revealing the “relentless” standards that underpinned his trophy-laden 11-year playing career with Manchester City.

Kompany, who captained City to four Premier League titles, four League Cups and an FA Cup success, also shared with Steve Borthwick’s players the secrets behind his claret revolution at Burnley that saw the north-west club storm to the Championship title in his first season as manager.

The former Belgium defender came into England’s World Cup training camp at the invitation of Borthwick last Wednesday and is understood to have made quite an impact with the squad, many of whom are football fans.

Borthwick is keen to use a variety of inspirational sporting leaders to emphasise to his players the levels of commitment and dedication required to be successful on the international stage.

The squads

Wales squad

Wales have been struck by more injury woes with captain Ken Owens pulling out of their training squad due to a back problem.

Sam Parry of the Ospreys has been called up as a result, joining Dewi Lake, Ryan Elias and Elliot Dee in a squad featuring four hookers. Meanwhile, both Josh Mcleod and Will Davies-King have withdrawn due to shoulder and foot issues, respectively.

This comes on top of an injury concern for Taulupe Faletau whose calf complaint ruled him out of the team’s training camp in Turkey. The veteran No 8’s fitness will be closely monitored with time running out ahead of the tournament in France in September.

Taulupe Faletau (left) - England vs Wales, Rugby World Cup 2023 warm-up: When is it and how to watch on TV

Taulupe Faletau (left) will miss Wales’ first World Cup warm-up fixture against England due to a calf injury – REUTERS/Tony Obrien

Wales previously announced that Cuthbert and Owen Williams had not travelled to Turkey due to personal reasons. The two other players missing from the squad for the trip are Johnny Williams and Joe Roberts.

Warren Gatland, the Wales head coach, will announce his final 33-player squad for the World Cup after Wales’ warm-up matches.

Gatland has named nine uncapped players in a 43-man squad for pre-Rugby World Cup warm-up matches next month, including former England prop Henry Thomas.

Thomas, 31, won seven caps for England in the 2013-14 season but qualifies for Wales through his father. He has been able to take advantage of the same World Rugby eligibility rule that allowed Jean Kleyn to play for South Africa this month having previously represented Ireland.

Forwards: Corey Domachowski, Kemsley Mathias, Nicky Smith, Gareth Thomas, Elliot Dee, Ryan Elias, Dewi Lake, Sam Parry, Keiron Assiratti, Tomas Francis, Dillon Lewis, Henry Thomas, Adam Beard, Ben Carter, Rhys Davies, Dafydd Jenkins, Will Rowlands, Christ Tshiunza, Teddy Williams, Taine Basham, Dan Lydiate, Jac Morgan, Taine Plumtree, Tommy Reffell, Aaron Wainwright

Backs: Gareth Davies, Kieran Hardy, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Biggar, Sam Costelow, Mason Grady, Max Llewellyn, George North, Nick Tompkins, Keiran Williams, Josh Adams, Rio Dyer, Cai Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Louis Rees-Zammit, Tom Rogers, Liam Williams.

Wales team to play England in Cardiff on Saturday:

L Halfpenny (unattached); L Rees-Zammit (Gloucester), G North (Ospreys), M Llewellyn (Gloucester), R Dyer (Dragons); S Costelow (Scarlets), G Davies (Scarlets); C Domachowski (Cardiff), R Elias (Scarlets), K Assiratti (Cardiff); D Jenkins (Exeter), W Rowlands (Dragons); C Tshiunza (Exeter), J Morgan (Ospreys, capt), A Wainwright (Dragons).

Replacements: E Dee (Dragons), N Smith (Ospreys), H Thomas (Montpellier), B Carter (Dragons), T Plumtree (Scarlets), T Williams (Cardiff), D Biggar (Toulon), M Grady (Cardiff).

England squad

Borthwick will be looking to use the warm-up match to finalise his 33-player World Cup squad, to be announced on August 7.

Squad starting to reap benefits of extended time together

Squad starting to reap benefits of extended time together

The England coach has already made several big selection calls ahead of the clash, including axing Sam Underhill from the training squad.

Underhill was one of England’s key performers from their last World Cup campaign, and his absence indicates the side’s fierce competition at flanker.

England have also had their own injury concerns to manage, with Billy Vunipola and Ollie Lawrence poised to rejoin the main training squad after rehabilitation.

Lawrence could form a powerful centre pairing with Manu Tuilagi.

Vunipola, who underwent knee surgery after missing the end of the domestic season, has been following a modified training plan.

Bevan Rodd has been recalled, less than a week after being released himself, as Mako Vunipola remains with Saracens to receive attention on his ongoing back issue. That leaves Ellis Genge and Joe Marler as the senior loosehead props.

Jack Walker and Ollie Chessum are the remaining designated rehabilitation players.

The England squad for the Wales game is yet to be announced, but will be selected from the group of 44 players who Borthwick assembled at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot. Those players were as follows:

Forwards: Jamie Blamire, Dan Cole, Tom Curry, Theo Dan, Alex Dombrandt, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Jonny Hill, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Joe Marler, George Martin, Tom Pearson,  David Ribbans, Bevan Rodd, Kyle Sinckler, Will Stuart, Jack Willis, Tom Willis

Backs: Henry Arundell, Danny Care, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Max Malins, Joe Marchant, Jonny May, Cadan Murley, Guy Porter, Henry Slade, Marcus Smith, Freddie Steward, Manu Tuilagi, Jack van Poortvliet, Anthony Watson, Ben Youngs

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