August 11, 2019 / 3:01 PM / 4 months ago

Rugby-England beat Wales 33-19 in World Cup warm-up

LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - An experimental England squad beat a strong Wales team 33-19 at Twickenham on Sunday, as the hosts followed a typically abrasive first-half lead with a composed second half performance.

An England line-up featuring only a handful of regular first-choice starters overpowered Wales thanks to tries from Billy Vunipola, Joe Cokanasiga and Luke Cowan-Dickie, as well as flawless kicking from captain and flyhalf George Ford.

The visiting Grand Slam winners struggled for attacking cohesion throughout, despite tries for Gareth Davies, George North and Alun Wyn Jones, and compounded their woes with an injury to flyhalf Gareth Anscombe.

Debutant scrumhalf Willi Heinz was among a number of fringe England players that advanced their claims for inclusion in the World Cup squad that coach Eddie Jones will name on Monday. (Reporting By Lawrence White Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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