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Six Nations 2024 LIVE: England spring selection shock for Calcutta Cup plus Scotland and Ireland team news

The third round of the 2024 Six Nations is nearly upon us with a fascinating trio of matches lined up for the weekend as the championship starts to move towards the business end of the competition.

After a well-earned rest week, Ireland look to continue their apparent grand slam procession against a young Wales side who have suffered two narrow defeats, England will also aim to make it three wins from three against a Scotland team still reeling from a heartbreaking loss to France last time out, while Les Bleus take on wooden spoon contenders Italy to round out the weekend.

Thursday afternoon saw three countries name their teams as England and Scotland’s line-ups for the Calcutta Cup were revealed and Andy Farrell announced Ireland’s 23 to square off against Wales – who selected their side earlier this week.

Ollie Lawrence was preferred to Manu Tuilagi after recovering from injury at inside centre for Steve Borthwick’s England, who also sprung a selection shock by dropping star full back Freddie Steward and opting for George Furbank at 15. Meanwhile, Blair Kinghorn is fit again and joined recently-deposed captain Jamie Ritchie in a return to the Scotland XV, as Ireland replaced injured full back Hugo Keenan with Ciaran Frawley but talismanic No 8 Caelan Doris was declared fit.

Follow below for today’s team announcements and all the latest news ahead of the third round of matches this weekend:

Six Nations team news - latest updates

  • England team news: Freddie Steward dropped as George Furbank and Ollie Lawrence start

  • Scotland team news: Blair Kinghorn fit to return as Gregor Townsend makes three changes for Calcutta Cup

  • Ireland team news: Ciaran Frawley starts at full back for injured Hugo Keenan but Caelan Doris fit to play at No 8

  • Wales team news: Warren Gatland makes one change for Ireland test as Sam Costelow starts at fly half

Gareth Thomas feels a fast start will be key for Wales victory against Ireland

16:40 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Gareth Thomas believes a fast start is vital for Wales in their quest to claim an odds-defying victory over Guinness Six Nations title favourites Ireland on Saturday.

Wales have been largely written off, heading to Dublin after suffering nine defeats in their last 10 Six Nations games to face an Ireland side chasing successive Grand Slams.

Andy Farrell’s team have won 38 of their last 40 Tests at home, being beaten only by England in 2019 and France two years later during that time.

Gareth Thomas feels a fast start will be key for Wales victory against Ireland

Six Nations 2024 schedule in full: Fixtures, kick-off times and results

16:20 , Harry Latham-Coyle

We’ll reach the halfway point of the 2024 Six Nations this weekend, with the tournament flying by. Need a reminder of what is to come? Here’s the full schedule and everything else you need to know.

Six Nations 2024: Fixtures, schedule, kick-off times and results

Warren Gatland says ‘the right structures’ give Ireland an advantage over Wales

16:00 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Wales head coach Warren Gatland says he is “not 100 per cent convinced” that Welsh regional rugby will undergo the proper reset he feels it requires.

Wales face runaway Guinness Six Nations title favourites Ireland in Dublin on Saturday – and the contrast between two long-standing rivals could hardly be greater.

On the field, Ireland have lost just two of their last 40 home Tests, while victory over Wales would see them equal England’s record of 11 successive Six Nations wins.

Wales, meanwhile, have lost nine of their last 10 Six Nations fixtures, and off the field it is a similar case of chalk and cheese.

Ireland are thriving from a system of centrally-contracted players that underpins vibrant, successful provincial teams, while Wales’ four professional regions are each preparing for significant budget cuts that will take effect from next season.

Asked to assess the key difference between Irish and Welsh rugby, Gatland said: “I think they (Ireland) have just got the right structures in place.

“Probably, if I look at the previous time I was here (between 2008 and 2019), we were kind of papering over the cracks of the things that were happening in Welsh rugby.”

Warren Gatland says ‘the right structures’ give Ireland an advantage over Wales

Ciaran Frawley given chance for Ireland at full back against Wales

15:40 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ciaran Frawley will make his first Test start in Ireland’s Six Nations clash with Wales after being selected in place of injured full-back Hugo Keenan.

The versatile 26-year-old won his two previous caps as a replacement, including playing the final four minutes of the championship curtain-raiser away to France.

Keenan has been virtually ever-present in his country’s No 15 jersey during the past three years but will miss Saturday’s match in Dublin due to a knee injury suffered in the round-two victory over Italy.

Head coach Andy Farrell, who has included uncapped Munster prop Oli Jager among the replacements, has made seven personnel changes to his starting XV from the 36-0 win over the Azzurri on February 11.

Ciaran Frawley given chance for Ireland at full back against Wales

England spring selection surprise as Freddie Steward dropped for George Furbank in Scotland clash

15:20 , Harry Latham-Coyle

George Furbank is a surprise England starter with Freddie Steward dropped for the Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland.

Furbank is preferred to Steward at full back, with Ollie Lawrence returning to the side from injury for the Six Nations round three fixture.

George Martin is also back in the matchday squad on the bench, while Danny Care wins his 99th England cap as the starting scrum half, but there is no place for a fit-again Manu Tuilagi.

Props Ellis Genge and Dan Cole swap into the starting side instead of Joe Marler and Will Stuart, who drop to the bench.

England spring selection surprise as Steward dropped for Furbank in Scotland clash

Steve Borthwick on England team

15:05 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“We’re pleased with the start we’ve made to our Guinness Six Nations campaign but know that a difficult test awaits us in Edinburgh against an in-form Scotland team,” said Borthwick.

“The atmosphere is always special for any Calcutta Cup match and I’m sure this weekend’s game at Murrayfield will be no different.

“This group of players are looking forward to the challenge on Saturday and to creating some very special memories.”

England team news: Freddie Steward dropped for Calcutta Cup clash

15:00 , Harry Latham-Coyle

England have made a surprise selection call at full-back for the Calcutta Cup clash with George Furbank preferred to Freddie Steward.

Steward’s demotion comes just a fortnight after a starring role in England’s win over Wales, with the Leicester back left out for only the second time since his international debut.

Ollie Lawrence returns in midfield after injury, but there is no place in the matchday 23 for Manu Tuilagi.

England team to face Scotland at Murrayfield (4.45pm GMT, Saturday 24 February)

15. George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)

14. Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 5 caps)

13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 59 caps)

12. Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 21 caps)

11. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 66 caps)

10. George Ford (Sale Sharks, 93 caps) – vice captain

9. Danny Care (Harlequins, 98 caps)

1. Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 59 caps) – vice captain

2. Jamie George (Saracens, 87 caps) – captain

3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 109 caps)

4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 78 caps) – vice captain

5. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 20 caps)

6. Ethan Roots (Exeter Chiefs, 2 caps)

7. Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 32 caps)

8. Ben Earl (Saracens, 27 caps)

Replacements:

16. Theo Dan (Saracens, 9 caps)

17. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 90 caps)

18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 35 caps)

19. George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps)

20. Chandler Cunningham-South (Harlequins, 2 caps)

21. Ben Spencer (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)

22. Fin Smith (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)

23. Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (Exeter Chiefs, 1 cap)

Jamie Ritchie comes in from the cold for Scotland’s Six Nations showdown with England

14:22 , Luke Baker

Jamie Ritchie has been restored to Scotland’s starting XV for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup showdown with England a fortnight after being dropped from the squad altogether for the Six Nations home defeat by France.

The recently-deposed captain is back in the side as one of three changes made by Gregor Townsend, with experienced duo Blair Kinghorn and Kyle Steyn returning to the back three.

Kyle Rowe, Harry Paterson and Matt Fagerson – all of whom started against Les Bleus – drop out of the squad altogether, with the bench unchanged.

Jamie Ritchie comes in from the cold for Scotland’s Six Nations showdown with England

Ireland team news: Ciaran Frawley starts at full-back with Caelan Doris fit

14:04 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ciaran Frawley is given the starting 15 shirt by Andy Farrell in the absence of the injured Hugo Keenan, but Caelan Doris is fit and starts in the back row. There are six forwards on the Ireland bench, including a potential debutant in Oli Jager, who impressed with the Crusaders in New Zealand before a midseason move to Munster

Ireland XV: 15. Ciaran Frawley; 14. Calvin Nash, 13. Robbie Henshaw, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. James Lowe; 10. Jack Crowley, 9. Jamison Gibson-Park; 1. Andrew Porter, 2. Dan Sheehan, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Joe McCarthy, 5. Tadhg Beirne, 6. Peter O’Mahony (capt), 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Caelan Doris

Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Oli Jager, 19 James Ryan, 20 Ryan Baird, 21 Jack Conan; 22 Conor Murray, 23 Stuart McCloskey.

Danny Care: Cookies and saunas the secret behind England longevity

13:51 , Luke Baker

Danny Care has revealed the unconventional secret behind his career longevity as he closes in on becoming England’s sixth Test centurion – cookies and saunas.

Care will make his 99th international appearance in Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash with Scotland and even at 37-years-old the high-tempo Harlequins scrum-half is in the form of his life.

On top of showing the persistence needed to emerge from a three-and-a-half-year spell in England exile, he has taken his own approach to making sure he can perform at the highest level.

And unlike former Red Rose team-mate Jonny May, who is famed for his dedication to training and preparation, Care takes a more unorthodox route.

Danny Care: Cookies and saunas the secret behind England longevity

Scotland train ahead of England showdown

13:45 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Scotland have been training hard ahead of the Calcutta Cup clash this week

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TEAM NEWS: Scotland make three changes for Calcutta Cup clash

13:24 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Blair Kinghorn is fit to return for Scotland, starting at full-back with Kyle Steyn also back amongst things in the back three. Jamie Ritchie, meanwhile, returns on the blindside, joining co-captain Rory Darge and Jack Dempsey in the back row.

Scotland XV: 15. Blair Kinghorn; 14. Kyle Steyn, 13. Huw Jones, 12. Sione Tuipulotu, 11. Duhan van der Merwe; 10. Finn Russell (co-capt), 9. Ben White; 1. Pierre Schoeman, 2. George Turner, 3. Zander Fagerson; 4. Grant Gilchrist 5. Scott Cummings; 6. Jamie Ritchie, 7. Rory Darge (co-capt), 8. Jack Dempsey.

Replacements: 16 Ewan Ashman, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Elliot MIllar-Mills, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Andy Christie; 21 George Horne, 22 Ben Healy, 23 Cameron Redpath.

Predicted Ireland line-up

13:13 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ireland will confirm their selection for the clash with Wales in about 45 minutes’ time. The main question for Andy Farrell surrounds the fitness of full back Hugo Keenan and No 8 Caelan Doris.

The expectation is that Keenan will be ruled out (and possibly replaced by Ciaran Frawley) but Doris should be fit. Not long until we find out now. In the meantime, here’s how we think Ireland may line up.

Predicted Ireland XV: 15. Ciaran Frawley; 14. Calvin Nash, 13. Robbie Henshaw, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. James Lowe; 10. Jack Crowley, 9. Jamison Gibson-Park; 1. Andrew Porter, 2. Dan Sheehan, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Joe McCarthy, 5. Tadhg Beirne, 6. Peter O’Mahony (capt), 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Caelan Doris

Predicted England line-up

13:02 , Luke Baker

We’ll find out the line-up England have named to face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup this Saturday at around 3pm but while we wait, let’s engage in some speculation.

Steve Borthwick has a number of fascinating calls to make, not least at inside centre where Manu Tuilagi or Ollie Lawrence could return from injury to start, and whether fit-again lock George Martin goes straight into the starting XV or settles for a place on the bench.

Here’s how we reckon England may line up:

England predicted XV: 15. Freddie Steward; 14. Tommy Freeman, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Ollie Lawrence, 11. Elliot Daly; 10. George Ford, 9. Danny Care; 1. Ellis Genge, 2. Jamie George (capt), 3. Dan Cole, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Ollie Chessum, 6. Ethan Roots, 7. Sam Underhill, 8. Ben Earl

Manu Tuilagi has ‘some really good years ahead’, says Kevin Sinfield

12:48 , Luke Baker

England are considering unleashing Manu Tuilagi against Scotland amid a warning from Kevin Sinfield that the midfield powerhouse remains a potent force.

Tuilagi is in contention to make his first appearance of the Six Nations at Murrayfield on Saturday, having been sidelined since December because of a groin tear.

It is the latest of many injury setbacks for the 32-year-old Sale Sharks centre, who broke his hand twice at last autumn’s World Cup, ruling him out of the start of the club season.

Tuilagi’s return would provide the ball-carrying muscle missing from England’s back line – Ollie Lawrence is also an option for the role – and Sinfield insists he still has plenty to offer the national side.

“I would say this without any doubt – don’t write him off yet,” the assistant coach said. “He’s still got some really good years ahead of him and he’s very much a big part of how we move forward and what we are doing here.

“When you play like he has done for so long, and you are so physical, it is inevitable that at some point in your career you will have a run of injuries. What you find with the powerful-type guys, one injury tends to lead into another.”

Manu Tuilagi is in contention to play against Scotland (PA Archive)
Manu Tuilagi is in contention to play against Scotland (PA Archive)

Ben Earl: England equipped to deal with ‘anything that’s thrown at us’ by Scotland

12:35 , Luke Baker

England are confident they have the composure to cope with any mind games played by Scotland in Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash.

The rivals collide in round three of the Six Nations, with Gregor Townsend’s hosts aiming to continue their recent dominance of the fixture that reads three successive victories.

Adding to the challenge of facing one of the most talented sides in Scottish history is the hostile atmosphere awaiting England at Murrayfield. England fly-half George Ford was targeted in the tunnel by Ryan Wilson in 2018, sparking a brawl when Owen Farrell intervened and the team bus is customarily held up by bagpipers.

Other tactics used in the past to unsettle the ‘Auld Enemy’ have been turning off the hot water in the changing room and disruption to their warm-up by entertainers.

England are on alert for niggle during the build-up to the match and on the pitch itself, but No 8 Ben Earl is backing his side to take any Scottish machinations in their stride.

Ben Earl: England equipped to deal with ‘anything that’s thrown at us’

Wales to play home match at Twickenham as Taylor Swift kicks them out of Cardiff

12:20 , Luke Baker

Wales will face world champions South Africa at Twickenham in June due to Taylor Swift’s Principality Stadium concert.

The Springboks’ first game since their World Cup triumph in France will take place on June 22 as Wales prepare for their summer tour to Australia.

And the Qatar Airways Cup clash will be followed later the same afternoon by the Barbarians tackling Fiji at English rugby headquarters.

Twickenham last staged a Wales versus South Africa fixture during the 2015 World Cup, when the Springboks won a tense quarter-final 23-19.

Wales’ normal home in Cardiff is unavailable as Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ continues there on June 18, followed by the Foo Fighters the following week.

Wales coach Warren Gatland (left) will see his side play a ‘home’ game at Twickenham due to a Taylor Swift (right) concert in Cardiff (PA)
Wales coach Warren Gatland (left) will see his side play a ‘home’ game at Twickenham due to a Taylor Swift (right) concert in Cardiff (PA)

New dad Kyle Steyn keen to keep Calcutta Cup in Scotland’s hands

12:05 , Luke Baker

New father Kyle Steyn is intent on helping Scotland maintain their recent ownership of the Calcutta Cup this weekend after watching helplessly from his couch as his team-mates suffered an agonising Six Nations defeat against France last time out.

The Glasgow wing was named in the starting XV for the Murrayfield showdown with Les Bleus a week past Saturday, but he had to withdraw on the morning of the game after his wife Ally went into labour late on Friday afternoon.

Steyn’s daughter, Arabella, eventually arrived late on Monday morning, almost two days after the 20-16 defeat by France in which the Scots were controversially denied victory after the officials decided against awarding them a late try when Sam Skinner thought he had grounded the ball on the whitewash.

“My wife had been in labour from about 4 o’clock on Friday and we were hoping maybe I could make it back (in time to face France) if the baby was born in the middle of the night, but it didn’t go that way,” explained Steyn. “I was busy on the couch, trying my best to watch, but every five minutes my attention went elsewhere.

“I was the same as every other Scot at the end, screaming ‘that’s down, that’s a try’. I was gutted for the boys, you could see it on their faces and that’s what really hurt, the feeling that it was one that got away.

“But it was brilliant to be back in this week and see everybody. You can see the guys have very much put that behind them and I think the Calcutta Cup at home is an easy reason to move on from that and focus forward.”

Kyle Steyn is back in contention after missing the France game (PA Wire)
Kyle Steyn is back in contention after missing the France game (PA Wire)

Gareth Thomas feels a fast start will be key for Wales victory against Ireland

11:50 , Luke Baker

Gareth Thomas believes a fast start is vital for Wales in their quest to claim an odds-defying victory over Six Nations title favourites Ireland on Saturday.

Wales have been largely written off, heading to Dublin after suffering nine defeats in their last 10 Six Nations games to face an Ireland side chasing successive grand slams.

Andy Farrell’s team have won 38 of their last 40 Tests at home, being beaten only by England in 2019 and France two years later during that time.

They are also closing in on a Six Nations record-equalling 11 successive wins, remaining undefeated since France toppled them two years ago.

And Wales must halt a poor recent Dublin record, having not landed a Six Nations win there for 12 years when Leigh Halfpenny’s late penalty secured a 23-21 triumph.

Gareth Thomas feels a fast start will be key for Wales victory against Ireland

How to watch Antoine Dupont in rugby sevens action

11:35 , Luke Baker

Away from the Six Nations, Antoine Dupont will be making his rugby sevens debut for France in North America this weekend.

Here’s how you can watch the best player in the world tackling a new format.

How to watch Antoine Dupont in rugby sevens action

Interview: Danny Care is not done yet – England’s great survivor on Scotland and newfound ‘freedom’

11:25 , Luke Baker

Danny Care may well be England’s starting scrum half when the team is named later today as he looks to win his 99th cap. Harry Latham-Coyle sat down with the No 9 to find out what keeps him motivated at the age of 37.

“I never gave up on playing for England for the opportunities to play in games like this,” Care says of facing Scotland this weekend. “It doesn’t get much bigger than the Calcutta Cup up in Murrayfield, whether it is your first time out there or, for me, your 99th time playing for England.

“It is never easy up there, they make everything difficult from the bus ride in, with the bagpipes to slow you down to make you walk a bit further, but I love it. I love stepping off the bus there and hearing the passion their supporters have and what it means to them. I am dying to get up there and experience that, probably for the last time.”

Read Harry’s full piece below:

Danny Care is not done yet – England’s survivor on Scotland and ‘freedom’

Ollie Lawrence and Manu Tuilagi can kick Scotland’s door down for England, says Kevin Sinfield

11:15 , Luke Baker

Kevin Sinfield insists Ollie Lawrence and Manu Tuilagi are “ready to kick the door down” if England beef up their backline for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland.

The hard running centres are available for the first time in the 2024 Six Nations having recovered from the respective groin and hip injuries that forced them to miss the opening two rounds.

Head coach Steve Borthwick must decide whether to break up the midfield partnership of Fraser Dingwall and Henry Slade that started the wins against Italy and Wales or add more ball-carrying clout to the backline.

“Ollie and Manu bring power,” assistant coach Sinfield said ahead of the trip to Murrayfield. “Fraser and Henry offer a bit more ball movement and a bit more finesse at the line but what Manu and Ollie bring is they will kick the door down.

“It’s about trying to find the right balance for us this weekend. Ollie and Manu haven’t been in with us that long but we know them pretty well from the World Cup and what they’ve done previously. Then there’s the experience of Henry and Fraser’s ball skills and games management in and around that midfield, so we’ve got a real healthy competition there.”

Ollie Lawrence and Manu Tuilagi can kick Scotland’s door down, says Kevin Sinfield

Blair Kinghorn and Kyle Steyn set to return for England showdown but Darcy Graham ruled out

11:01 , Luke Baker

Scotland are hopeful that talismanic wing Darcy Graham will be fit enough to play a part in the Six Nations even though he will stay on the sidelines for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup showdown with England.

The 26-year-old – who is second on the national team’s all-time try-scoring list – missed the opening two matches of the championship against Wales and France with a quad problem.

Graham was scheduled to return to the fold for this weekend’s Murrayfield clash with England, but it emerged on Monday that he had suffered a new groin issue while training with Edinburgh last week, which has ruled him out of contention.

Despite Graham’s ongoing absence, Scotland will welcome back two senior members of their back three this weekend, with Glasgow wing Kyle Steyn returning after missing the France game for the birth of his child and Toulouse full-back Blair Kinghorn available after sitting out the first two games with a knee injury.

“Blair has been training really well and we’re excited to see him back in the squad again,” reported scrum coach Pieter de Villiers.

Blair Kinghorn is set to return to the Scotland squad (PA Wire)
Blair Kinghorn is set to return to the Scotland squad (PA Wire)

Why power-packed pair could hold the key to getting England’s attack firing

10:51 , Luke Baker

Either Ollie Lawrence or Manu Tuilagi could return from injury to add some ballast to England’s midfield at the weekend and our rugby writer Harry Latham-Coyle has been digging into what they could bring to England’s attack.

England’s attack hasn’t quite clicked. Why? To start with, England may not, as of yet, be working with their preferred personnel. Indications from inside camp suggested that coach Steve Borthwick had planned to combine Marcus Smith, Ollie Lawrence and Henry Slade in midfield for the tournament – that two of those three haven’t been available has required the England coaching staff to alter their gameplan to better match their personnel.

Lawrence’s availability for the Calcutta Cup, coupled with the return of Manu Tuilagi, gives Borthwick more options and feels key to getting England’s attack firing. They have sorely lacked carrying threat across the opening two rounds of the tournament. Of the starting centre pairings utilised by the six nations in rounds one and two, the combination of Fraser Dingwall and Slade has offered the least in terms of carrying output.

Read Harry’s full piece below:

Why power-packed pair could hold the key to getting England’s attack firing

Caelan Doris and Hugo Keenan face fitness tests as Ireland prepare to face Wales

10:41 , Luke Baker

Ireland back row Caelan Doris is expected to be fully fit to face Wales in the Six Nations, despite sitting out training on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old suffered “bumps and bruises” while captaining his country to a 36-0 win over Italy in round two of the championship.

Full back Hugo Keenan is yet to train after being forced off by a knee injury against the Azzurri on February 11 but will be given a chance to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday afternoon’s match in Dublin.

“Caelan didn’t train and that was the plan at the beginning of the week, just to manage him,” defence coach Simon Easterby told a press conference. “He is probably carrying a few (knocks), but more bumps and bruises.

“I guess he took a few hits against Italy and he’s in a good place but he needs to be managed in a couple of areas. We don’t expect him not to be fully fit for the weekend.”

Key Ireland duo face fitness tests for Wales test

Sam Costelow returns as Wales name team to face Ireland in Six Nations

10:28 , Luke Baker

Fly half Sam Costelow has been recalled to the Wales starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin.

The Scarlets number 10 went off because of a neck problem suffered when Wales were beaten 27-26 by opening Six Nations opponents Scotland.

He was replaced by Ioan Lloyd, who started at fly half in the Twickenham appointment with England, but Costelow now returns as a solitary change from that game.

Elsewhere, there are further starts for squad newcomers Cameron Winnett and Alex Mann, while centre George North wins his 120th cap and is only the third Wales player to reach that mark after Alun Wyn Jones and Gethin Jenkins.

Uncapped Cardiff back-row forward Mackenzie Martin, meanwhile, features on the replacements’ bench.

Wales team: 15 Cameron Winnett; 14 Josh Adams, 13 George North, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Rio Dyer; 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Tomos Williams; 1 Gareth Thomas, 2 Elliot Dee, 3 Keiron Assiratti, 4 Dafydd Jenkins (capt), 5 Adam Beard, 6 Alex Mann, 7 Tommy Reffell, 8 Adam Wainwright

Replacements: 16 Ryan Elias, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Will Rowlands, 20 Mackenzie Martin, 21 Kieran Hardy, 22 Ioan Lloyd, 23 Mason Grady (Cardiff).

Six Nations team news

09:58 , Luke Baker

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of today’s team announcements from the 2024 Six Nations, as well as all the latest news from the championship.

England and Scotland are set to name their sides for Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash, while Ireland will also announce their squad for the game against Wales, with their opponents having already selected their team for the fixture.

Stick with us for full live coverage.