Wales vs England LIVE: Rugby World Cup result and reaction from Cardiff

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England’s players have one final chance to impress before head coach Steve Borthwick names his Rugby World Cup squad on Monday as they travel to Cardiff to take on Wales this afternoon.

Wales, meanwhile, have another couple of weeks before their squad is announced, but a number of those on the fringes of the squad will be hoping to stake their claim for a spot.

Warren Gatland’s side were beaten by their visitors at the Principality Stadium during the Six Nations and will want a measure of revenge as Jac Morgan captains his country for the first time.

England include three debutants in their matchday 23, with flanker Tom Pearson making a first start and No 8 Tom Willis and livewire hooker Theo Dan aiming to make an impression from the bench.

Follow live coverage of the clash below:


FT: Wales 20-9 England

A performance that will really encourage Warren Gatland, that, his Welsh side scoring 14 unanswered second half points to put a slipshod England away.

Few in English white emerge in credit – which might make Steve Borthwick’s job of narrowing down his squad to a group of 33 to travel to the World Cup a little easier. Borthwick and his coaches convene for a final selection meeting tonight.

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Wales 20-9 England, 80 minutes

But the England maul goes nowhere and Tom Willis fumbles on the floor. That’ll be that!

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Wales 20-9 England, 79 minutes

England can launch a final offensive from the fringes of the Welsh 22. Tom Willis is stood up by Dan Biggar and does rather well to wrestle through the fly-half’s choke tackle to the floor. Tom Pearson drops a shoulder into Biggar on the deck, drawing a few boos from the stands – but the penalty is England’s, and poked into the right corner.

Harry Latham-Coyle5 August 2023 19:29


Wales 20-9 England, 77 minutes

Jac Morgan is named the player of the match, a popular choice and a just one, too, after a standout performance from the Welsh skipper.

England’s inaccuracy strikes again at the scrum, the ball popping free far sooner than the visiting pack would’ve liked. A fly-hack ahead briefly threatens danger but Wales make a hasty retreat to smother it.

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Wales 20-9 England, 75 minutes

Can England salvage anything from a performance that was sloppy in the first half and has been shoddy in the second? They’ll have to go from deep, Theo Dan throwing a lineout inside his own 22.

Jack van Poortvliet goes to the air, with Joe Marchant a willing greyhound after the hare. Louis Rees-Zammit is hauled down by the chasing centre-cum-wing, losing control of the ball as he hits the deck. England’s scrum just inside their own half.

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NO TRY! Wales 20-9 England, 75 minutes

Not quite! On first view it looks good for Rees-Zammit, but the officials conclude he hasn’t quite grounded cleanly after an extended look at the footage. Dan Biggar produces a doubting tilt of the head as Nic Berry informs him – it was mighty tight!

Harry Latham-Coyle5 August 2023 19:23


Wales 20-9 England, 74 minutes

Wales create room on the right, Louis Rees-Zammit chipping and chasing…and beating Freddie Steward to the bouncing ball! But has he managed to ground before going dead in-goal…

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Wales 20-9 England, 73 minutes

But England’s accuract again lets them down, teh ball ending up back in Welsh hands having sprung free from a messy muddle of a midfield ruck.

England have it back after the latest Welsh kick, Theo Dan showing off his acceleration as he hurries towards the defensive line. A tackler sprawls away as Dan takes contact – and so, frustratingly for the England hooker, does the ball.

Harry Latham-Coyle5 August 2023 19:17


Wales 20-9 England, 72 minutes

Wales go through the motions on halfway, happy to kill a bit of clock. Dan Biggar sticks one up, landing it on Max Malins’s head; the wing handles the up-and-under effectively.

Jack van Poortvliet sends up a box kick with several white shirts in pursuit. The bounce is kind for Tomos Williams but his offload misplaced, allowing Tom Pearson to collect and rush upfield.

Harry Latham-Coyle5 August 2023 19:15

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