Wales v England 2021: how to watch Six Nations rugby game on TV, kick off time - and who is in the teams

England will be looking to kickstart heir tournament against Wales (Getty Images)England will be looking to kickstart heir tournament against Wales (Getty Images)
England will be looking to kickstart heir tournament against Wales (Getty Images)
England are without lock Courtney Lawes for Saturday’s big match

One of rugby’s great international rivalries resumes this weekend with Wales hosting England at the Principality Stadium.

Both sides go into the game off the back of victories, with Wales on course for a Grand Slam following wins over Ireland and Scotland.

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England meanwhile will be looking to continue their road to redemption - they secured a convincing victory over Italy in week two following a disappointing loss to Scotland in their tournament opener.

Wales will be without the raucous Cardiff crowd who are typically on fine song for this fixture, though fans should expect a fiery encounter nonetheless.

Here’s everything you need to know about this Saturday’s game.

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What time is kick off?

The game kicks off at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff at 4.45pm on Saturday, February 27.

How to watch?

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BBC One hold UK broadcasting rights for the crunch fixture, with coverage getting underway at 4pm.

The match can also be streamed online via the BBC’s streaming platform BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sport page.

Gabby Logan will front the coverage for the broadcaster with Jeremy Guscott, Martin Johnson and Sam Warburton analysing the action, and Eddie Butler, Jonathan Davies and Brian Moore commentating on the action.

England team news

Courtney Lawes’ participation in the Guinness Six Nations is under threat after he was ruled of Saturday’s pivotal clash with Wales by a chest problem.

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Lawes will miss the Cardiff showdown, described by Eddie Jones as “make or break” for both sides, after injuring his pectoral muscle during a full-blooded training session.

The only other change to the XV that dispatched Italy at Twickenham is Jamie George returning at hooker in place of Luke Cowan-Dickie.

Poised to make his debut off the bench is George Martin, the versatile Leicester forward who is able to cover the second and back rows, but is seen primarily as a flanker by England.

England starting 15

England: E Daly (Saracens); A Watson (Bath), H Slade (Exeter), O Farrell (Saracens capt), J May (Gloucester); G Ford (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester); M Vunipola (Saracens), J George (Saracens), K Sinckler (Bristol), M Itoje (Saracens), J Hill (Exeter), M Wilson (Newcastle), T Curry (Sale Sharks), B Vunipola (Saracens).

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Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), E Genge (Leicester), W Stuart (Bath), C Ewels (Bath), G Martin (Leicester), B Earl (Bristol), D Robson (Wasps), M Malins (Bristol).

Wales team news

George North will gain membership of Wales’ 100-cap club when he lines up against England on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Liam Williams moves from wing to full-back, replacing Leigh Halfpenny, Kieran Hardy is preferred to Gareth Davies at scrum-half and flanker Josh Navidi also starts.

It will be Navidi’s first Wales start since the Six Nations game against England at Twickenham almost a year ago, while Hardy has not previously featured in the tournament.

Wales starting 15

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Wales: L Williams (Scarlets); L Rees-Zammit (Gloucester), G North (Ospreys), J Davies (Scarlets), J Adams (Cardiff Blues); D Biggar (Northampton), K Hardy (Scarlets); W Jones (Scarlets), K Owens (Scarlets), T Francis (Exeter), A Beard (Ospreys), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), J Navidi (Cardiff Blues), J Tipuric (Ospreys), T Faletau (Bath).

Replacements: E Dee (Dragons), R Jones (Ospreys), L Brown (Dragons), C Hill (Cardiff Blues), J Botham (Cardiff Blues), G Davies (Scarlets), C Sheedy (Bristol), W Halaholo (Cardiff Blues).