Six Nations: Warren Gatland boasts Wales will smash England with their superior fitness levels

WALES boss Warren Gatland says his aspect don’t have anything to worry from England — as a result of his gamers are fitter and brimming with self-perception.

Gatland was so positive of swatting apart Scotland final weekend that he advised WRU chief government Martyn Phillips on Friday: “We’ll beat this lot by 20 factors.”

 Warren Gatland is confident Wales' superior fitness levels will prove pivotal

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Warren Gatland is assured Wales' superior fitness levels will show pivotal

He was mistaken — Wales romped house 34-7 within the Six Nations opener.

However there was no hiding his air of confidence as he named an unchanged workforce for Saturday’s Twickenham showdown TWO DAYS early.

Gatland maintains his aspect are the fittest in the entire of the Six Nations and stated: “We don’t have any worry about going there and enjoying. We’re enthusiastic about it.

“We’re not going to be intimidated by Twickenham.

 George North is a physical specimen

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George North is a bodily specimen
 Wales face England in the Six Nations crunch

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Wales face England within the Six Nations crunch

“A whole lot of guys in our squad will hopefully go there with numerous confidence.

“It’s so necessary that we get off to a great begin — which we did not do once we misplaced there two years in the past.

“We’ve all the time backed our capacity to play for eighty minutes and we’ve felt we’ve been fitter than the English. We’ve had success enjoying proper till the top towards them.

“However this time we’ve acquired to start out nicely and attempt to include them as a lot as we will. If it’s an in depth recreation then hopefully that self-confidence can increase us.

 Warren Gatland is bullish about Wales' chances

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Warren Gatland is bullish about Wales' possibilities
 Eddie Jones is welcoming the challenge of Wales

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Eddie Jones is welcoming the problem of Wales

“We’ve got to be ready to play at a excessive depth — which was undoubtedly there towards Scotland for lengthy durations — and play with composure and endurance.

“So far as predictions go, I will wait till Friday.

“I made that remark to Martyn final week as a result of I knew how nicely we educated.”

England beat Italy forty six-15 in Rome on Sunday however boss Eddie Jones will depart it till tomorrow earlier than saying his XV.

However Gatland had no hesitation in naming his line-up, with the one change being match-once more winger George North again on the bench forward of Owen Watkin.

There isn’t a place for Liam Williams within the match-day 23. However the Lions full-again will play for Saracens in their Premiership conflict towards Newcastle in a bid to spice up his match-fitness after a groin damage.

Gatland stated: “Liam’s had one recreation in 12 weeks. He’s recovered an inexpensive quantity however he simply feels he must play.

“He’ll return and play for Saracens and is more likely to play subsequent weekend as nicely.”

Wales’ final Six Nations win at Twickenham was in 2012, though they memorably got here again from the lifeless to grab victory in their 2015 World Cup battle.

And after speaking up their Grand Slam possibilities within the wake of their Scotland romp, Gatland admits this will be an acid check.

He added: “These subsequent two video games, away to England and Eire are large for us.

“We checked out our programme and stated if we begin nicely towards Scotland, you go to Twickenham. And if we will get a end result there, you’ll Dublin for a Triple Crown and probably enjoying for the championship.

“We all know all about England. They’re robust at set-piece, scrum and lineout with some attacking threats as properly.

“They’re an extremely good aspect. However as a gaggle, we aren’t speaking an excessive amount of about England — extra about what we’re able to.”

WALES: Halfpenny, Adams, S Williams, Parkes, S Evans, Patchell, G Davies; R Evans, Owens, Lee, Hill, AW Jones (capt), Shingler, Navidi, Moriarty. Reps: Dee, W Jones, Francis, B Davies, Tipuric, A Davies, Anscombe, North.

WALES boss Warren Gatland says his aspect don’t have anything to worry from England — as a result of his gamers are fitter and brimming with self-perception.

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