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England coach Graham Rowntree claims Wales 'have doubts' over World Cup clash

England forwards coach Graham Rowntree believes Wales will go into Saturday's pivotal World Cup showdown at Twickenham with "doubts in their minds".

Since being routed in Cardiff two years ago Stuart Lancaster's men have won their last two matches against their RBS 6 Nations rivals including a rousing 21-16 victory at the Millennium Stadium in February.

"I have worked with their players and played against them for a long time," former England prop Rowntree said.

"They'll be coming with some doubts in their minds, especially when they reflect on their last two performances against us.

"But they have a coaching team who will have them wound up and they'll have a few tricks up their sleeves tactically as well."

Winning in Cardiff in February helped heal the wound inflicted by the 30-3 defeat of 2013 when England were denied the Grand Slam at the final hurdle, but Rowntree insists the scars of that humbling night still linger.

"That game was a defining moment for this group of players because we were well beaten on the night," Rowntree said.

"We learnt a lot from that atmosphere and the physicality of the match and I think our last two games against Wales reflected that.

"I have a huge amount of respect for Wales. I've worked with their entire coaching team apart from Robyn McBryde. I have a lot of respect for the work Robyn has done."


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