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England warned Wales will look to repeat 2015 heroics in crunch Six Nations clash

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No-fear Wales will look to repeat their backs-to-the-wall heroics from the 2015 World Cup, England are warned ahead of crunch Six Nations clash at Twickenham – as Dan Biggar urges fearless stars to end hosts’ title dream

  • England’s preparations were rocked by the recent withdrawal of Manu Tuilagi 
  • Dan Biggar has warned the hosts to expect a Wales team eyeing up an upset 
  • Wales’s last victory at Twickenham came in 2015, with fly half Biggar starring 
  • He has now urged his class of 2022 to repeat the heroics from the World Cup 


England have been warned a no-fear Wales side will head to Twickenham intent on repeating their backs-to-the-wall 2015 World Cup victory.

Eddie Jones’ preparations have been rocked by the withdrawal of blockbuster centre Manu Tuilagi – leaving the hosts without their most potent player.

Wales’ last Twickenham win came seven years ago when Warren Gatland’s side famously helped to knock out England from their own tournament.

Dan Biggar has told his fearless Wales class of 2022 to repeat the heroics from their 2015 team

Dan Biggar has told his fearless Wales class of 2022 to repeat the heroics from their 2015 team

Fly-half Dan Biggar stole the show that day with a 23-point haul and the Wales captain told his fearless class of 2022 to take to take a leaf out of the 2015 team’s book and end England’s title dream.

‘Twickenham is a very difficult place to go and win, but what we’ve got in our group at the minute is a lot of players who don’t fear going to Twickenham,’ Biggar said.

‘We are going there as underdogs with England being at home and in pretty good form as well.

‘It’s positive a few of us have managed to win at Twickenham, but we are under no illusions it’s a very different squad.’ 

Biggar is hoping for a repeat of their World Cup heroics, admitting the victory was'brilliant'

Biggar is hoping for a repeat of their World Cup heroics, admitting the victory was ‘brilliant’

Looking back on 2015, Biggar added: ‘It was a brilliant result. We showed brilliant character and it was a roll-the-sleeves-up job.

‘That’s very difficult to coach. That fight, togetherness and resolve is really difficult to instil in a team and it has to come from within. We made a decision that night we weren’t going to let it slip.

‘We decided we wanted to dig in as much as we could and get a huge win.

‘For any team to go away and win at a tough place like Twickenham, you’ve got to really roll your sleeves up at some point. We’re going to have to do very similar to get a result.’ 

Fly-half Biggar stole the show on the day seven years ago with a 23-point haul at Twickenham

Fly-half Biggar stole the show on the day seven years ago with a 23-point haul at Twickenham

Only five players in the Wales squad from the famous 2015 victory will feature at Twickenham, where England are hoping to celebrate Ben Youngs breaking Jason Leonard’s cap record.

Scrum-half Youngs is set to win his 115th cap from the bench – with his coaches and team-mates paying tribute after a special presentation at Friday’s captain’s run.

England assistant Richard Cockerill said: ‘He’s a fantastic fella. He came through the Leicester academy and I coached him there for a long time.

‘To play the amount of games he has done for Leicester, but also to stay in the game and play at the top, and almost reinvent himself as a player is pretty unbelievable and remarkable.’ 

England are hoping to celebrate Ben Youngs (pictured) breaking Jason Leonard's cap record

England are hoping to celebrate Ben Youngs (pictured) breaking Jason Leonard’s cap record

Leonard himself will be at Twickenham to congratulate Youngs. He said: ‘I’ll be clapping harder than anyone in the West Stand when Ben comes on. It will be a great achievement.

‘A record is there to be broken. Never, ever, did I think that this would be here for all eternity. It was always a case that it’s going to happen, so the question was when really.

‘Ben has been such a great international player for over a decade now and he’s an absolute credit to the game, his club, his country, his family and his friends.

‘The scary but positive thing is that he’s still got two or three years of rugby left in him. He’s not finished yet.’

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