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Six Nations: Wales squad announced to play England

Wales coach Warren Gatland has named his team which will play England in their opening RBS 6 Nations game against England on Friday evening.

Wales have made eight changes from the defeat to New Zealand in November with James Hook the only survivor in the backline.

Gatland has put Hook at full-back meaning Lee Byrne will be a replacement. Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies are paired at centre.

Morgan Stoddart gets  his first cap since 2008 as he replaces the injured Leigh Halfpenny on the right wing.

Watch an interview with Wales’ Forwards Coach Rob Howley

Paul James and Craig Mitchell replace injured props Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones.

Wales team to play England:

J Hook (Ospreys); M Stoddart (Scarlets), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), J Davies (Scarlets), S Williams (Ospreys); S Jones (Scarlets), M Phillips (Ospreys); P James (Ospreys), M Rees (Scarlets, capt), C Mitchell (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), A Powell (Wasps).

Replacements: R Hibbard (Ospreys), J Yapp (Cardiff Blues), R Jones (Ospreys), J Thomas (Ospreys), D Peel (Sale Sharks), R Priestland (Scarlets), L Byrne (Ospreys).

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