Wales host England in Cardiff on Saturday in a match that could decide the fate of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.
Jonathan Davies is the catalyst in defence for Wales, while fly-half Owen Farrell and Jonny May are the standout performers for England.
Sportsmail’s NIK SIMON assesses which players could prove decisive at the Principality on Saturday.
On a blistering run of try-scoring form, Jonny May could be a decisive figure against Wales
15. Liam Williams 8
Knowledge of Saracens team-mate Farrell could help the ‘bomb diffuser’ fielding kicks.
14. George North 7.5
Closing down Shane Williams and Gareth Thomas as Wales’ all-time leading try scorer.
Having made his debut aged just 18, George North is closing in on Wales’ try-scoring record
13. Jonathan Davies 8.5
Lions player of the series from 2017 will be the catalyst for Wales’ defensive linespeed.
12. Hadleigh Parkes 7
Mr Reliable in the centres who grew up in the farming village of Hunterville, New Zealand.
11. Josh Adams 7.5
Well equipped for aerial onslaught after fielding more kicks than anyone in opening rounds.
10. Gareth Anscombe 7
Selected ahead of Dan Biggar because of extra time in camp and threat with ball in hand.
9. Gareth Davies 7
Lacks the control of Rhys Webb, whose French exile could end in time for the World Cup.
Scrum-half Gareth Davies has been selected for his line speed in defence for Wales
1. Rob Evans 7
Sam Warburton called for Nicky Smith to start – but Evans offers more skills in attack.
2. Ken Owens 8
Powerful carrying has seen him play at No 8 this season and nicknamed ‘Cannonball Ken’.
3. Tomas Francis 7
All-Exeter scrum contest as the 19st9lb giant packs down against Chiefs team-mate Moon.
4. Cory Hill 7
Picked ahead of Adam Beard after Wales managed just 69% lineout success against Italy.
5. Alun Wyn Jones 9
First ever player to play 18 Tests against England – breaking Fabien Pelous’ 12-year record.
Lock and captain Alun Wyn Jones will be the first player to play 18 Tests against England
6. Josh Navidi 8
Son of an Iranian wrestler offers a dual turnover threat having mastered skills in No 7 jersey.
7. Justin Tipuric 8
Often likened to a Test centre because of silky skills and running ability in broken play.
8. Ross Moriarty 7
Established as hard man in Welsh back-row after winning Under 20 World Cup with England.
WARREN GATLAND: A win here will make it a record 12 in a row.
SUBSTITUTES: Elliot Dee, Nicky Smith, Dillon Lewis, Adam Beard, Aaron Wainwright, Aled Davies, Dan Biggar, Owen Watkin.
TOTAL: 105.5 AVERAGE: 7.03
Wales coach Warren Gatland is targeting a record 12 consecutive wins in Test matches
15. Elliot Daly 8
Broke Cardiff hearts in 2017 with winning try – which he has replayed ‘millions of times’!
14. Jack Nowell 7.5
Eddie Jones claimed it was an ‘easy’ call to pick workhorse ahead of racehorse Cokanasiga.
13. Henry Slade 8
Running and kicking has been so sharp that he has only thrown one pass all tournament.
Henry Slade has scored three tries but thrown only one pass in two Six Nations games
12. Manu Tuilagi 8
Powerful comeback has triggered talks about a £2.5million move to France after World Cup.
11. Jonny May 9.5
Speedster has 12 tires in 12 Tests thanks to ‘Forrest Gump’-like ability to chase down kicks.
10. Owen Farrell 9
Scratched up on Ice Man leadership with pep talk from former Chelsea captain John Terry.
Fly-half Owen Farrell has scratched up on leadership after a pep talk from John Terry
9. Ben Youngs 8
Kicked more than any other player in the 6 Nations so can expect pressure from defenders.
1. Ben Moon 7
Stronger scrummager than Vunipola – but only Cardiff experience is an Ed Sheeran concert!
2. Jamie George 8
Destined to start at the World Cup after seizing opportunities in absence of Dylan Hartley.
3. Kyle Sinckler 8
Labelled a ‘timebomb’ by Warren Gatland but his emotional energy is also a weapon.
Kyle Sinckler was called a ‘timebomb’ by Warren Gatland but is a threat for England
4. Courtney Lawes 8
Only member of the Red Rose pack who started in last year’s victory at Twickenham.
5. George Kruis 7.5
Lineout capabilities keeping him in the starting team ahead of energetic Joe Launchbury.
6. Mark Wilson 8.5
On track to break the Six Nations tackle record with staggering 50 hits in first two Tests.
Flanker Mark Wilson could break the Six Nations tackle record after 50 in his first two games
7. Tom Curry 7.5
Compared to Terry Butcher after breakdown work left him with a bloody face and stitches.
8. Billy Vunipola 7.5
Needs to shift closer to top gear to compensate ball-carrying absence of brother Mako.
EDDIE JONES: Will assume a victory will secure the Six Nations.
SUBSTITUTES: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Harry Williams, Joe Launchbury, Brad Shields, Dan Robson, George Ford, Joe Cokanasiga.
TOTAL: 120 AVERAGE: 8.00
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