Mar 14, 2013
Gill and Wigglesworth look ahead to Six Nations
England travel to the Millennium Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a Six Nations title decider and Welsh International prop Rhys Gill and Saracens’ English international scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth have both previewed the game in which five Saracens players are in action.
Owen Farrell has returned to the England line-up after injury with Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Alex Goode also in the starting line-up with Mako Vunipola named on the bench.
Welsh international loose-head prop Rhys Gill believes that a bit of “Welsh magic” will swing the game in Wales’ favour in what he thinks will be a “close game”.
Gill said: “It’ll be a close game, but I think Wales will edge it with home advantage and a passionate Welsh crowd roaring them on.
“I just think that Wales have more players out there who have experienced big occasions like Saturday’s game, and the Welsh have more guys in their squad that have actually won a championship. Also, Wales have players who are capable of that little bit of magic on the day.”
In contrast, 12 cap England scrum half Wigglesworth has predicted that England will secure their first Grand Slam since 2003 with a victory this weekend, and Wigglesworth has highlighted the English “defence and pressure game” as what could separate the two Six Nations title contenders.
“I think England will win, but it will be a really tight affair. Wales will be up for it and the Millennium Stadium will be in fine voice but I think England’s defence and their pressure game will win it for them. I’m going for an England win by six to nine points.”