England travel to Wales in good heart. They have won their first two games and in the process gained two bonus points from scoring tries freely.
The excellent play from Owen Farrell and Henry Slade has created chances for their scintillating back three and Jonny May has profited with four tries and Henry Slade isn’t far behind with three of his own.
Whilst their excellent kicking game and good line speed has been a huge part of England’s success they have built this success on a brutal physicality.
Billy Vunipola has been to the fore since his return from a lengthy lay off his powerful frame offering England the front foot ball they need to bring their backs into the game. Along with his now injured brother Mako they have shown the world what England were missing in November.
Tom Curry is a warrior and that picture was starkly captured, his bloodied face at Twickenham embodying the ferocity he plays with. When he and Sam Underhill are fit that is some fight for the starting berth for England.
Possibly the find of the autumn is Newcastle Falcons flanker, Mark Wilson. The workhorse of the pack, he goes about his work quietly but also to mighty effect. He has come out of nowhere to claim the blindside shirt as his own.
Kyle Sinckler is starting to fulfil his potential. The controversial prop has carried very well driving back the opposition defence, his work in the loose is devastating and his set piece work is greatly improved from 12-18 months ago.
Jamie George makes up a trio of front row power players all good carrying options bristling with enthusiasm and confidence ahead of this titanic match up against neighbours Wales.
Maro Itoje may be injured but his less glamorous partner in crime George Kruis is the heartbeat of the England line out a skill he has learnt off his former Saracens and now England mentor Steve Borthwick.
England’s embarrassment of riches at second row have been proven, even with Maro Itoje injuring himself against Ireland (he could make his return against Italy) Courtney Lawes has ably deputised and you don’t lose any power with Joe Launchbury coming off the bench.
Wales will have a job on their hand stopping this powerful carrying at the forefront of England’s game. England will not be afraid to go to Wales and crash and fight their way to their win, they are resilient, they have the man to put them in the right areas in Owen Farrell and they have the overpowering Billy Vunipola ready to explode onto the ball and cause any defender a world of problems.