Ben Ryan: Wales v England will only have one score between them - it's that close

Brian Moore's Full Contact Rugby

By The Telegraph

Ben Ryan: Wales v England will only have one score between them - it's that close

Monday, 18 February

The third round of the Six Nations is upon us and what a big game it is going to be in Cardiff, let alone in Paris and Rome. Alongside Brian Moore this week is Olympic Gold Medal and World Cup 7s winning coach, Ben Ryan. Listen as they predict how Wales v England will play out, including who will replace Chris Ashton out on the wing, who will dominate the breakdown, and how you disrupt England's kicking game. To help further this they speak with former England wing Tom May who says Jack Nowell contributes to every facet of play whilst Cokanasiga brings his size to the party. As for the opposition we talk to former Wales number 8 Mike Owen about who he expects to be starting fly half: Biggar or Anscombe, how Wales just have the edge in the breakdown, and find out who he thinks is the underdog in this potential Grand Slam and/or title decider. Next it's over to pre-tournament favourites Ireland where former prop Mike Ross thinks his side have had a tough opening two fixtures but can now build a platform in Rome to get going again. With Ben's role in French rugby it would be remiss not to try and understand what is going on within Les Bleus. Ben says that part of the problem is due to a lack of quality conditioning in the domestic sides, a lack of French players to create depth playing in the Top 14, and that he doesn't think it would be the worst thing if come the finale they lost to Italy. As for France's opponents on Saturday, Scotland, it's been a story of injury after injury with Finn Russell the latest worry. Former full back Hugo Southwell though has done some digging and he expects the playmaker to start - but he will be kept in cotton wool! We also speak with Red Roses fly half Katy Daley-Mclean about their campaign so far and whether she has Rocky Clarke's cap record in sight! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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