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Wales v England Highlights

Jason Mohammad introduces highlights of the Test between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium, as the two sides continue to fine-tune their World Cup preparations.


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Hello, welcome to round two of the Rugby World Cup warm-up season.

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Week one belonged to England, but only just. New international career

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has got off to the best possible start for some, but for others,

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Lewis Moody limping off. This first try for England in his first game!

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Morgan Stoddart will miss the World Cup. Shane Williams will score!

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Wales still have numbers to the Each side gets closer to nailing

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their World Cup squad. Some players will go to New Zealand, others will

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Some big names returning for the game at the Millennium Stadium.

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Jeremy Guscott is alongside May. All week, Warren Gatland and Martin

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Johnson have been defending the World Cup warm-up matches.

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If we did not play a game, we might as well not go, because we have to

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be ready. The southern hemisphere teams are coming from four seasons.

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Nothing prepares you more than playing again. These things happen,

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people can get injured in training or in the gym. We lost a guy a

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couple of years ago, falling down the hotel steps. You cannot wrap

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them in cotton wool. There have been some changes in the squad, we

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will deal with that. It is an opportunity for us to lay a marker,

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it is our first away game. Every game is now an away game. I always

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enjoy playing against England. You always grow up watching these

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matches. It is no different now. For us to be serious contenders, we

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need to send out a message that we are good enough to beat England at

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home, and to that next week as well, to build up some confidence. But

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also, send a message that we are capable of doing well.

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Wales have won just one of debt last eight Test matches here.

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Warren Gatland is right, if Wales are to go into the World Cup as

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contenders, they have to win today. Yes, I am sure they are thinking

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that in every single game. He has put pressure on his players, and

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that is their weakness, they have not been mentally up for these

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Games, they have not been able to score tries at crucial times. This

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will be interesting to see how they cope. Four changes for Wales, James

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Hook and Gavin Henson are back. James Hook should always be playing

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at No. 10 or in the centre. He is their playmaker, everything happens

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from him. He is the spot. At full- back, I do not know how much he

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will touch the ball. This is the last chance for Gavin Henson, he

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has got to have an impact if he feels that he will challenge for

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those two spots. Chris Ashton is out, Matt Barrett and comes in, it

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is a stronger, exciting back line. It is to a certain extent, but

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there are questions about the centres. Can they be creative and

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mate in dense into the Welsh defence? In the Six Nations, there

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was not much ambition. When you have got people outside, they need

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the ball. The pressure is on Shontayne Hape and Mike Tindall.

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They are old and experienced. They will be confident in their ability.

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It will be interesting to see how they go. One of the big things, can

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be Welsh pack cope with the physicality of the English pack?

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Courtney Lawes is an awesome athlete. He tackles, he runs with

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the ball, he is great in the line- out. The Welsh have the advantage,

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they have had the fewest changes. They will be hoping to start here

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where they left off at Twickenham, scoring all of the tries. Will the

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crowd have a role to play? They always do, they are passionate and

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emotional. Here we go, can Wales last week, and the same here today.

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Wales will be looking for more home comfort this afternoon. The truth

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is should, not ideal preparation for the World Cup, but ideal as

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regards the conditions. As we expected, lots of changes from

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England, but it is the same from Wales. On paper, England looked

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stronger, but they finished it the poorer last Saturday, and Wales

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were stronger, so they will be looking for a month -- more

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cohesive 20 minutes. Wales could get in front and pull away. Matthew

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Rees is in danger of missing the World Cup, so Lloyd Burns has his

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first international start. Luke Charteris is the only other change

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up front. James Hook comes in for Morgan Stoddart, and Gavin Henson

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gets the chance to stake his claim to make the World Cup for the first

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time. Wholesale changes from Martin Johnson. Alex Corbisiero the only

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survivor in the pack. Courtney Lawes makes his first international

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appearance of the year. The late injury to Chris Ashton means both

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windows retain their places. Mike Tindall is back to lead the side.

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There is no doubt which Bennett looks the stronger. Huw Bennett is

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the only experienced replacement for Wales. For England, or of the

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replacements have over 20 caps. Alan Rowland was in charge for the

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World Cup final between England and South Africa. This time, the men in

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Black of Wales. -- men in black are Wales, --. A lot of credit must go

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to the young fly half. He had a younger -- like a good game last

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week at Twickenham. That is the advantage of having a tall window.

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would have wanted. A chance to get last week at Twickenham. Any nerves

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could well have disappeared within 90 seconds. The ideal start for

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Rhys Priestland and Wales. It is always important to get a good kick

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in for any kicker. England have got the ball. Anything that Wales can

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do, England can do. Wales are caught offside, and it is tit-for-

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tat. England wanted to take it quickly, but Richard Wigglesworth

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was not allowed to do so. How often do you see this? A side get points

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on the board, and they contrived to give the advantage away. Nick

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Easter doing the job there. Wales are caught on the back foot. Toby

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Flood, a study in concentration. A carbon copy of what Wales did. It

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for Jamie Roberts, but he did not hold on to it. That would have been

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an opportunity. It was not meant for him. A good two or three yards

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infield. As a converted No. 8, it is difficult to learn some of the

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skills. Throwing is extremely important. A slight weakness,

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perhaps, as to why he is not necessarily the first choice.

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good scrummage from Wales. They have got the penalty anyway. Wales

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getting the shunt one. England not having the experience arch -- scrum

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panicking England. There were times when the Welsh scrum crept up at

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Twickenham last week. It all depends on the latitude the referee

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gives to the front row. When he allows them to drive. Unfortunately,

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the disparity between the interpretations is so wide, that

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front rows have to take it game by game. Rhys Priestland reports his

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forwards for their effort, and break down, a little bit over eager

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on that occasion. He came through the centre of the breakdown and

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there -- and therefore was not coming from an offside position.

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His opinion is not the one that Thompson and safely brought down by

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Courtney Lawes. England are looking forwards, still in possession,

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Shane Williams just a bad brought him down, Banahan loses possession.

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-- just about brought him down on it. Did he get to the ground before

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he lost it? Shane Williams doing possession there, spilling forward

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desperately try to get that ball back, they put their hands in where

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they shouldn't. Wales under decisions by some form of score.

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England are looking for tries this afternoon. Front-rows are up, they

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hooker himself, Warren Gatland. would have thought it was three

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Alain Rolland has penalised Wales concede another penalty from here,

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they would be directing towards a transfer though, they were through

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90 degrees and will all go back strong. Net again they have got a

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penalty coming. Surely Alain Rolland's patience is running out?

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Martin Johnson's is. be appreciating what England are

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doing to try to drive home his advantage. Out quickly this time,

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offload happy. And Wales have won the ball and the chance to clear

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the decks. Suddenly England find themselves back in that only 22 and

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it is safety-first. That was a certain chance for England. England

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issued the opportunity to kick the ball three times and came back with

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no points at all. A good tackle by Gavin Henson there and good

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functioning. England getting all of scrum advantage, England referred

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to the boot of Toby Flood to try to back to level terms. It is bad news

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for Gavin Henson, being led off the field by Professor John Williams.

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Whether it is temporary or permanent, we will have to wait and

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tried to drive home their advantage here. They have got the draw is on,

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they have got the numbers there, they are getting towards the Welsh

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try-line. That ball should have been to the back and much more

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controlled, it would have been over the line. They have still got

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possession, though. Still asking England. Will England players are

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within a 50 metre radius of that breakdown. Wales applaud each other

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in defence, but Martin Johnson will be as gained, surely you would

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expect better in attack? That might be relief for Wales in the free

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kick. They have been under the cosh and will be glad the decision went

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Care. Out go as the ball to Toby Flood. Wales are trying to get

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through fury. Wales have done well there, they have got back in

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numbers. England now have to contend with this lowball. -- with

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They were getting isolated because they could not make more of the

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first attack. England have one more defending for all they are worth.

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The English forwards arrive. They have not managed to break the Welsh

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defence so far. Now they are again, they have managed to keep

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England out time and time again in the first half. The crowd are

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celebrating and the Welsh players were look at this as a moral

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victory because England, for all the world, had a try to go on ahead,

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but they could not complete it. England had all were pressure, all

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the chances, but it is two penalties apiece. At half-time,

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Martin Johnson must be wondering how this is 6-6. Have English be in

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-- have England been guilty of poor finishing or is it a good Welsh

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defence? I think it is beds. The opportunity for Banahan in the

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first half squandered. The in six foot seven, he still should have

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clashed over. If Chris Ashton was here playing this afternoon, he

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would have been in support. We to alter that how the Welsh pack will

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come up against the sheer physicality of the English scrum.

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Wales have been guilty of some poor discipline? They have, they have

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given away some poor penalties. That is keeping England in

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possession and eventually bat Welsh defence has to crack. But at the

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moment they are holding strong. England are predictable, but

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understanding and predictability, you have to overcome it and Wales

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are not. It is a slow game, which falls into England's hands. Gavin

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Henson's big comeback has ended prematurely. I did not think he

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will go. I think he will, because Wales may lack a bit of quality in

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the back line, so I still think he will be if injury is not bad enough.

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6-6 at half-time. There have been 12 draws between Wales and England.

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How will this one end? We will find Aled Brew on four Rhys Priestland

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in the Welsh side. They will have to keep their width about them,

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Mike Tindall getting the early ball again, and a yellow card in needed

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it. They will be missing Jamie Roberts on the back line as well,

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and Wales will have big problems to contend with it from the start of

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the second half. Alan Rowland thought that was sufficiently

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the tackle. Once he gets to his feet, he is allowed to play that. I

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think he's quite a lucky there. Certainly unlucky for a yellow card.

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This should be a straightforward minute in putting England ahead for

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the first time. With a one-man advantage to come as well. Again,

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the creaking scrum. England have the opportunity to take on

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touch to give them a breather. -- teacake. That had to go well into

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touch. The referee made the right penalty. That is tremendous defence

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from Wales. Yes, but that is the third or fourth occasion when the

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England pack have not been successful, because they do not

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know how to set up steady and drive the maul properly. The ball has

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been spun out around the sides. They need to get the ball set a

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straight, keeping it to the back. Heroic defence from Wales. That is

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the fourth occasion when England have not been able to do a simple

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it is desperate defence from England. James Hook has got there!

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After one of the pressure and all of the possession, it is Wales that

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get the first try of the afternoon, and it is James Hook! One of the

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rare occasions that Wales have had the ball, they have looked more

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likely to make ground. But they have not had much of the ball at

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all, but the opportunity that has come has been put away. What a

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player James will kiss. It does not matter where you play him, he has

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an effect. That is a lesson for England, the direct ness of the

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Wales attacking. There is the mismatch. He takes on Dan Cole. He

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his own try. -- James Hook. He hangs on to it. Another England

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attack comes to nothing. They concede another 10 metres. Mike

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Tindall is about to come back on. If this goes over, it will take

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England a converted school to get level. England have not looked like

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getting over the line so far. You would not put a lot of money on

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superbly. That is a massive kick from James Hook. My wonderful

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effort. Now, England need a converted try to get back on level

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gone against Mike Phillips. That could be costly, with less than 10

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minutes remaining. For the remainder of the game, down to 14

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men. But Wales Today points the last occasion they were down. --

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Wales took points. England were not particularly threatening. If there

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is any DUP, step back and defend. Have confidence in the defence that

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James Hook to Shane Williams, and he was more than happy to see that

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one cross the whitewash. Sam Warburton has been very quick on

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any loose ball. England will be sued -- so disappointed to lose

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that so easily. It just takes a few more seconds off the clock for

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They have not succeeded before, and they have not succeeded again,

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because Nick Easter crashed into the man in front. The fifth English

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Henson's day. Will it cut short his Charlie Hodgson will be so

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disappointed. Even if the ball had bounced into touch, bearing in mind

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the last two kicks like that, what is the point in doing that anyway?

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England have shown a lack of imagination or a lack of clinical

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thinking throughout the afternoon. I can understand if the ball had

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been put high for Armitage to take it, but England did that twice

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before, and the Welsh have dealt with it and cleared it. That has

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given Wales another minute of the clock. They do not want to rush

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the clock down. Wales will hang on James hawks knobs out the attack. -

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Mitchell has been struggling, so Paul James will come back on. The

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clock is stopped for this. It is knees, but they have got three of

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the most important minutes of their careers facing them. If they can

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get away with a win, it would be such a Suter boost for them. That

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is another added some -- that is another example of inaccuracy from

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English forwards. James Hook has not gone for touch, he has gone

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between Mark Cueto and Ben Foden. The crowd were already cheering the

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scrum, but it has not been given. Now, Wales have a penalty. Do you

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go for goal or put the ball out and secured possession? You go for goal.

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England then have to buy the run the length of the field or the ball

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goes dead. We have got at least a minute to kick this. If it goes

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face of Warren Gatland as he looks out on James Hook taking his time,

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using up as much of the minute as situation whereby his defence has

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been tested as thoroughly as it has been, but they have worked so hard,

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of James Hook's range -- this kick. He put in a superb effort earlier

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to give Wales a bit of a cushion. from James Hook will give Wales the

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most unlikely of victories against England and a huge boost on the way

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Wales defensively. England will be scratching their heads, but Wales

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will be cheering all away from the Millennium Stadium to Ellington.

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It's a home on in there, they did deep, they found tremendous

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resources. That was a remarkable defensive effort from Wales.

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loss. They couldn't take their chances, they couldn't create many

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chances. The rest of the time, Wales defended so well. They will

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not want to be defending right that every time in the World Cup,

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because they will flak occasionally, but today they should be pleased

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with their effort. If ever a game was won by Stirling defence, that

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was by Wales. No wind at they are all congratulating each other. They

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have given every single ounce and with the only try of the game going

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to James Hook, and a couple of Munster penalties as well, Wales

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are celebrating. In the return leg, they have finished the stronger

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once again and beaten the old enemy. Are you happy? I am proud, more

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than anything. For 73, 74,000 people to turn out to supporters

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today, I take our hats off to the Welsh public. I want to thank the

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Welsh public. It was a massive team effort and everyone is over the

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moon. We have not had a scalp over a big nation like England for a few

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years. I have never seen a game like it. To be so dominant at half-

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time and the only level, and then to let things stick as we did in

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the second half, frustrated is not the word. We got down into their 22

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quite easily but unfortunately we did not manage to turn it into

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points and get points on the board, and that is something we need to

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look. At the same time, credit to the Welsh boys, they defended

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extremely well on their try-line and turned us over a lot as well.

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It is a case of scratching our heads. It is frustrating,

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disappointing. The last five minutes I was near the bench and I

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could see how much is meant to Wales. Why was that? After losing

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so narrowly last week, I think the work that we put in in Poland,

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building up such team spirit in the squad, the boys deserve that for

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ourselves and for the fans who came down in force.

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Joy for Wales, frustration for England. Martin Johnson must be

:48:43.:48:46.

described in this game as the one that got away? I think there will

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be stronger words than that. There were a few opportunities in the

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first half it did not take, which would be annoying. When you make

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clean breaks Mike Tindall did, you expect support. They were missing

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in action. The forwards were good but became anonymous, and they

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don't expect an England side to do that, especially on the back of a

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Six Nations Championship. A step backwards, they have to be better

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against Ireland. Martin Johnson is very frustrated. Is it plan it?

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Some players might be nervous. They see people get injured, they will

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not be taking part in the World Cup, but there are places up for grabs.

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I would expect to see Tindall and Shontayne Hape being cohesive

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because they have played so much together, but they did not. Toby

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Flood did not have a massive impact and will be what he will lose his

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place to Wilkinson. How would you assess Wales' performance?

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second half was excellent. Christened looks comfortable in the

:49:52.:50:02.
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first half. James Hook is Wales' man -- will it Rhys Priestland.

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Still a lot to think about, but very happy with that win. Warren

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Gatland extremely delighted with what he described as magnificent

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defence. It was, and a better side would have finished those

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opportunities off. I am not taking anything away from Wales' defence.

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If that was New Zealand, three tries, I'm afraid. Warren Gatland

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has to look at the Defence that allowed England to make the game

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line breaks. Mentally, they will be in a good place because they

:50:38.:50:42.

delivered. For the moment, thank you.

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Argentine up next for Wales next Saturday, and England go to Ireland

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in a fortnight. Some of the guys have had their

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final chances, are you closer to knowing your final 30? It doesn't

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seem like it's now! We know what is going on, you have to look at the

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detail and go from there, but there were boys on that field to have not

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played for a few months. You need a couple of games under your belt

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before you can fire on all cylinders. We will not cut the

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takes an there are things we can improve on. There will be a lot of

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changes next week and it will be an experienced side with players like

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Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones, Martyn Williams should get a lot

:51:29.:51:34.

fragility. It is a nice position to be in that you can have an

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experienced side, not an experimental side, to play against

:51:38.:51:42.

Argentina and the pressure will be on them to perform. In the past we

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have made changes by bringing youngsters in, but this time we

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will bring experience into the side, give one or two players an

:51:51.:51:55.

opportunity. For those players, there is a hell of a lot to play

:51:55.:52:02.

for. We still need to keep working on our game. We will set about next

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week building confidence that people do not think on 11th

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September that it is a surprised Wales team. Argentina is a tough

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test? There is no easy game at international level. Argentina will

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be aggressive up front, but said these and they can test the

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breakdown area. -- good set pieces. Hopefully we can Jubber games

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together. You started off at full- back and ended up at 10. Where

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would you like to play in the World Cup? I would like to play and 10,

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but with be injuries, as long as I am on the pitch and involved I

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really don't mind. But I do like playing tend. James Hook wants to

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play 10, he told me. So does everyone! I understand that, and he

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will get a chance, hopefully next week. Rhys Priestland's pulled his

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eye and Stephen Jones, we are not 100% sure where he is, and probably

:53:11.:53:18.

would have looked at playing James at 10 today, but we wanted to be

:53:18.:53:26.

careful. If James picked up an injury, it was only with Rees

:53:26.:53:36.
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picking up the injury that we gave There is always a battle in Wales

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for the number 10 jersey and Warren Gatland has the luxury of James

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Hook and Greece Priestland. I am particularly priest -- pleased for

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Rhys Priestland because he has made the Test. Stephen Jones is a banker,

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but happy days for Warren Gatland and the number 10. James Hook said

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he wants to play at 10. He may 12, but it is about thinners and where

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the players are available to. James Hook has gone to France to play at

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10 because he was not happy with Ospreys, but international is

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another level. He proved in the Six Nations he is capable of playing

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there, but we will see. Ahead of the England game, what will happen?

:54:29.:54:34.

Martin Johnson will pick his best 15. Hopefully Ben Young will be fit

:54:34.:54:42.

to play. What he does in mid- field, I think he will stick to what he

:54:42.:54:47.

has in his mind, generally not been too wild in his experiments,

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sticking with shone 108 and Mike Tindall. But the performance needs

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to sharpen up -- Shontayne Hape. I want to see such aggression, tempo,

:54:58.:55:03.

playing at speed, delivering the ball quickly. That is what -- that

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is when England are at their best. We have seen them play extremely

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well against Australia last year, and now they need to bring their

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performance back up. There will be so difficult conversations over the

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next three days. That is internationally would be, they have

:55:21.:55:24.

to say to some of the players, sorry, you will not be on a plate.

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That is the way the cookie crumbled. Feints. There is plenty of rugby to

:55:33.:55:43.
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Plenty of rugby to watch, but it is worth remembering that it is less

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than a year to go until the end in big games. We have a special

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programme coming up devoted to some of the sport and landmarks which

:56:06.:56:10.

will form the centrepiece of the London Games, from Mark Cavendish

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on the road race to the World Championship triathlon,

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Jason Mohammad introduces highlights of the Test between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium. The sides met a week earlier at Twickenham and now continue to fine-tune their World Cup preparations on Welsh soil. Martin Johnson's England enjoyed an encouraging Six Nations campaign earlier this year, winning 26-19 in Cardiff, but they missed out on the Grand Slam after losing to Ireland in their final match.


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