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North returns to Wales for England clash

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Wales have named George North in their 23-man squad for their game against England at Twickenham on Saturday (KO 16.45).

Naming an unchanged starting XV from the side that beat Scotland in their NatWest 6 Nations opener, Wales have made just one change to their match day squad to include George North on the bench in place of Owen Watkin.

After impressing in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at the weekend, scoring one of Saints'  five tries as they booked their place in the semi-finals, it was no surprise that the winger was called back into the match day squad this weekend as Wales prepare to face England.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland said:

"It's great to name an unchanged starting XV, the players deserve that for a very good performance on the opening weekend.

"We have made one change on the bench, with George coming in for Owen (Watkin), which is tough on Owen but Josh (Adams) picked up a slight strain last weekend so George provides us a bit more cover there.

"We know how tough it is going to be against that huge English forward pack. They are really going to test us. England have been in great form the last couple of years so we know the challenge we face but we have had a good couple of weeks in camp and we are looking forward to going up to Twickenham."

You can watch George and Wales' progress in the competition live on ITV this weekend.

WALES TEAM TO PLAY ENGLAND
Saturday 10 February
Twickenham Stadium
Kick-off 6:45pm
ITV
15 Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (75 Caps)
14 Josh Adams (Worcester) (1 Cap)
13 Scott Williams (Scarlets) (52 Caps)
12 Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (2 Caps)
11 Steff Evans (Scarlets) (6 Caps)
10 Rhys Patchell (Scarlets) (6 Caps)
9 Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (28 Caps)
1 Rob Evans (Scarlets) (21 Caps)
2 Ken Owens (Scarlets) (53 Caps)
3 Samson Lee (Scarlets) (34 Caps)
4 Cory Hill (Dragons) (11 Caps)
5 Alun Wyn Jones (capt, Ospreys) (114 Caps)
6 Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) (14 Caps)
7 Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (8 Caps)
8 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester) (18 Caps)

Replacements:
Elliot Dee (Dragons) (3 Caps)
Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (6 Caps)
Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (27 Caps)
Bradley Davies (Ospreys) (58 Caps)
Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (53 Caps)
Aled Davies (Scarlets) (6 Caps)
Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (12 Caps)
George North (Northampton Saints) (69 Caps)