Wales prop Rob Evans insists they are not afraid of England ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations clash and says there is “a good vibe” in the squad.
Wales impressed in the tournament opener with a 34-7 victory over Scotland, but head to Twickenham looking to become the first side to beat England on their home ground under coach Eddie Jones.
Wales have lost five of their last six games against England – their sole victory coming in the group stage of the 2015 World Cup – but Evans says there is a confident mood in the Welsh camp.
“It’s Wales versus England, and I know there is a lot of hype there, but we are really happy with the result last week and so there is a good vibe in the squad,” Evans said.
“Obviously that helps after a good win, but we aren’t afraid of anything.
“We are looking forward to playing England on the weekend. We are there to do a job, really, and get a result, so that is the main priority for us.”
Both countries displayed strong set-piece performances in their opening game wins, with the scrum and lineout battle likely to be pivotal in deciding Saturday’s encounter.
Evans once again teams up with his Scarlets colleagues Ken Owens and Samson Lee in the Wales front-row, as Warren Gatland names an unchanged starting line-up.
“We always prioritise our scrum,” Evans added. “We went into the [Scotland] game wanting to provide a platform for the backs to use the ball, and we were pretty happy with the way we came out of it.
“We thought we were pretty positive throughout the game and, yeah, we are really happy with the way our set-piece is going at the moment.
“This Saturday is a big test for us, but we spoke today and it is a test we are really looking forward to.
“England always have a good pack, they have such strength in depth. You are never going to play against a poor England pack.”