WARREN Gatland has named five Dragons in his squad to take on England in Saturday’s Six Nations showdown at Twickenham (kick-off 4.45pm).

Wales will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of last week’s 27-26 defeat by Scotland in Cardiff when they just fell short after an extraordinary comeback from 27-0 down.

Rio Dyer, Elliot Dee and Aaron Wainwright all start the against England, while Taine Basham and Cai Evans are named among the replacements. Leon Brown, who was forced off at half-time against Scotland with an injury, misses out.

George North returns to the Wales starting XV in what will be his 50th Six Nations appearance. He partners former Dragons man Nick Tompkins in the midfield.

Following his try scoring debut last weekend, Alex Mann will make his first senior international start having been named at blind-side flanker. Tommy Reffell (open-side flanker) and Wainwright (No. 8) complete the Wales back row.

Tomos Williams starts at scrum-half, with Ioan Lloyd alongside him at fly-half.

Loose-head prop Gareth Thomas returns from injury to make his first appearance of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations. Hooker Dee and tight-head prop Keiron Assiratti, who were both replacements against Scotland, make their first starts of this Championship.

Captain Dafydd Jenkins and Adam Beard continue their second row partnership.

Cameron Winnett is again named at full-back, with Dyer and Josh Adams selected on the wings.

Among the replacements tight-head prop Archie Griffin is in line to win his first senior international cap this weekend, while Evans would make his Six Nations debut.

Second row Will Rowlands, back row Basham and scrum half Kieran Hardy all return to the Wales match day 23. Rowlands, another former Dragons star, would be making his first Six Nations appearance since 2022 having missed last year’s Championship through injury.

Corey Domachowski (loose-head prop) and Ryan Elias (hooker) provide the remaining forward cover. Mason Grady is the final replacement back.

Wales head coach Gatland said: “We’ve been critical and tough on ourselves this week. That first half was nowhere near the standards we expect. We simply cannot start the same way this Saturday.

“We showed in the second half against Scotland what we are capable of. Now it’s about building on that performance and playing with some tempo from the off.

“We’ve made a few changes to the starting line-up this weekend which gives opportunities to the players coming in. We need to be accurate and keep our discipline.

“This is a massive game, not only because of the history and what it means to everyone in Wales. But it’s an opportunity to get things on track a bit more. England are in a rebuilding phase. We’ll go there with a lot of confidence we can build on that second-half and belief.”

Wales XV: Cameron Winnett (Cardiff Rugby), Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby), George North (Ospreys), Nick Tompkins (Saracens), Rio Dyer (Dragons), Ioan Lloyd (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Rugby), Gareth Thomas (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Keiron Assiratti (Cardiff Rugby), Dafydd Jenkins (Exeter Chiefs, captain), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Alex Mann (Cardiff Rugby), Tommy Reffell (Leicester Tigers), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons).

Replacements: Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Corey Domachowski (Cardiff Rugby), Archie Griffin (Bath Rugby), Will Rowlands (Racing 92), Taine Basham (Dragons), Kieran Hardy (Scarlets), Cai Evans (Dragons), Mason Grady (Cardiff Rugby).