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Wales trio together for Triple tilt

Wales' revered World Cup back row will be reunited at Twickenham on Saturday when the RBS 6 Nations leaders bid for Triple Crown glory.

Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton and Toby Faletau are back in harness for the first time since Wales' World Cup semi-final defeat against France four months ago.

"It will be a really good battle with the England back row," said blindside flanker Lydiate, who was named man of the match when Wales defeated Scotland earlier this month.

"Tom Croft is very quick if you give him any space at all, as he showed with the British Lions in South Africa a few years ago, while he is also a superb lineout option.

"Chris Robshaw has been playing well as captain, and he is almost a six playing seven. He's big, abrasive, tackles hard and carries.

"Then they have Ben Morgan, so I am sure it will be a tough old battle and I am sure they will be frothing at the mouth as much as we are.

"We hope to chop them down and give Sam a bit of time on the ball to do what he is good at and hopefully turn their attack into ours."

The contest between Morgan and dynamic Wales number eight Faletau promises to be one of the highlights when the visitors target only their second Twickenham triumph since 1988.

"People talk about stopping Ben Morgan, but I am sure England are having the same discussions about Toby Faletau," Lydiate added. "I have never played against Ben Morgan, but I am well aware of his capabilities. He is a massive ball-carrier and he can shift for a big guy. He is a potent threat off the base of the scrum, so our job is to nullify his go-forward.

"Every back row you come up against these days usually has one massive ball-carrier. Just going off past experience against South Africa in the World Cup and Ireland, they had three. We know that the threats are coming, and it is up to us to stop them."


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