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Roberts dismisses 'friendly' tag

Wales star Jamie Roberts has rubbished any suggestion of Saturday's clash against England being little more than a World Cup trial match.

Both countries enter the home straight in terms of their preparation for next month's tournament with a double-header at Twickenham this weekend, then the Millennium Stadium a week on Saturday.

"There will certainly be no love lost," said Roberts. "There is no such thing as a trial England versus Wales game."

He added: "Twickenham is sold out and boys are playing for World Cup places with the chance to realise dreams. It's also a capped international, and no player will disrespect that at all.

"We couldn't have asked for tougher opposition than England to help prepare for a World Cup."

Wales will arrive in south-west London on the back of two punishing training camps in Poland, which has helped them prepare for a tough World Cup pool that also includes South Africa and Samoa.

"The boys have worked extremely hard but there is only so much you can do on the training ground," said Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins.

"There is nothing like playing in matches, and we've got to hit the ground running.

"It's England against Wales on Saturday, and it will be massive. It is the ultimate game for any Welsh player to play in, and it's important that we are ready to go."


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