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England vs Wales Rugby : Wales skipper Jones to set caps record against England Both Heinz and McConnochie were surprise inclusions in the wider training squad, with Heinz now edging ahead of Ben Spencer in the battle to be Ben Youngs’ back-up.

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Heinz will be vice-captain and partners skipper George Ford at half-back, with Piers Francis at inside centre.

Sam Underhill and Tom Curry play as flankers together for the first time.

Head coach Eddie Jones said his focus for the four warm-ups is on “developing a team capable of winning in Japan”.

The New Zealand-born playmaker now looks almost certain of a place in the final 31-man World Cup squad, which is named on Monday.

“It’s been a whirlwind few months,” said Heinz.

“It’s been incredible. I’m still pinching myself that I am here, and I just feel so grateful to be surrounded by quality players in this squad that have helped me prepare this week, and I’m really looking forward to Sunday.”

England and Wales renew their rivalry in the first of two summer internationals on Sunday as part of their preparations for this year’s Rugby World Cup.

Along with their annual Six Nations clashes, the two have been regular opponents to get themselves fine-tuned ahead of previous World Cups.

Rugby is finally back this week as Wales kick-off their World Cup preparation with the first of four warm-up matches.

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They head to Twickenham this Sunday for the first of a double-header with England, before the return fixture at the Principality Stadium next weekend.

A training camp in Turkey follows, before two more warm-ups: facing Ireland in Cardiff on August 31, and a trip to Dublin early next month.

It’s likely to be a mix of experimentation and combinations as Warren Gatland looks to whittle down his 42-man Wales squad to 31 before Japan.

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