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Dragons can scorch Rose

COACH Stuart Lancaster summons Owen Farrell back to the court of human opinion which is the Millennium Stadium for what would be England's first Grand Slam since 2003.

The 21-year-old Farrell has been restored to the number 10 jersey with the sole role of delivering the points from his trusty right boot. There is also the spectre of Warren Gatland looming as a revitalised Wales look to deliver on their undoubted promise.

The Lions coach's negative comments towards the English may come back to haunt him if Lancaster's men can wrap up their fifth win. The flipside is that Gatland will have every reason in the world to load his squad with Welshmen if their interim coach Rob Howley can engineer a defeat of England.

There is so much on the line. England have been assisted by the bad weather that favours their low-risk rugby and Wales are timing their run to perfection.

Verdict: Wales

WALES: L Halfpenny; A Cuthbert, J Davies, J Roberts, G North; D Biggar, M Phillips (Bayonne); G Jenkins (capt), R Hibbard, A Jones, A-W Jones, I Evans, S Warburton, J Tipuric, T Faletau.

England: A Goode; C Ashton, M Tuilagi, B Barritt, M Brown; O Farrell, B Youngs; J Marley, T Youngs, D Cole, J Launchbury, G Parling, T Croft, C Robshaw (capt), T Wood.