By Jonathan Davies

2015 - the year of Rugby in the UK

England forwards' coach Graham Rowntree says Wales' so-called mind games won't work heading into Friday's Six Nations opener.

Wales announced their team on Monday, two days ahead of schedule - a move described as "mind games" by former Wales captain Gareth Thomas.

But Rowntree insists that the mind games don't "really affect what we do".

He said: "They can name their team whenever they want. We'll name our team on Wednesday, what difference does it make?"

The fixture is England's first visit to the Millennium Stadium since the embarrassing 30-3 defeat to Wales in 2013, FIFA 15 Crédits which saw Wales take the Six Nations title.

"Experiences like that are vital for players, and coaches, as long as you learn from them and move on and use them to your advantage. And believe me, we have done," Rowntree said.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster is without several players due to injury, with tight-head prop David Wilson the latest to be ruled out.

The second-row trio of Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury and Geoff Parling are ruled out and fly-half Owen Farrell will miss the whole tournament.

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