Six Nations 2014: Jamie Roberts relishing England v Wales hype

RBS Six Nations: England v Wales

  • Venue: Twickenham, London
  • Date: Sunday, 9 March
  • Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Coverage: Live on BBC One, S4C, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru; live updates on the BBC Sport website

Centre Jamie Roberts says he is relishing the hype surrounding Wales' Six Nations match with England at Twickenham.

Defending champions Wales face England on Sunday knowing they have to win to keep their ambitions of an unprecedented third title alive.

Roberts, 27, was part of the Wales side which won the Grand Slam in 2012 and the Six Nations title in 2013.

"Wales versus England is always a big game," said Roberts.

"You only have to look back at the last few seasons when we have played England, the biggest hype has surrounded that game.

Recent meetings

  • 2013 - Wales 30-3 England
  • 2012 - England 12-19 Wales
  • 2011 (pre-RWC) - Wales 19-9 England
  • 2011 (pre-RWC) - England 23-19 Wales
  • 2011 - Wales 19-26 England
  • 2010 - England 30-17 Wales
  • 2009 - Wales 23-15 England
  • 2008 - England 19-26 Wales

"It is no different this week, I think the magnitude of the game for the Six Nations couldn't be any bigger.

"The players are really excited and the players on both teams will be excited, as a rugby player in England or Wales, at any level, this is where you strive to play.

"Twickenham on Sunday will be immense."

Roberts, who has won 56 Wales caps, will be reunited with his Wales and British and Irish Lions centre partner Jonathan Davies, who has returned from a chest injury, in the side to face England.

The pair have not played alongside each since the Lions' third Test win over Australia which sealed a 2-1 series victory in the summer of 2013.

Roberts missed the autumn Tests through injury but returned for this Six Nations campaign.

"Jon is a quality player," said Roberts. "In the summer he really established himself as a fantastic player.

"We have played together now more than any other centre partnership for Wales and know each other's game inside out.

"It is great to have him back in the side and he has trained hard [to get back]. "

Roberts was part of the Wales side which earned a record 30-3 win over England in Cardiff in 2013.

Six Nations 2013 highlights: Wales 30-3 England

Wales may have won the last three games - including the second of two World Cup warm-up games in 2011 - between the two sides, but Roberts says they will take nothing for granted in London.

"England are a good team, they have improved a lot over the last year," said Roberts.

"They will be hugely disappointed with what happened at the Millennium Stadium last year.

"You look across the park and they are relatively young and, compared to us, inexperienced, but they are coached by good rugby men.

"They have guys who have been on the Lions [England coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree] and [head coach] Stuart Lancaster, and they are a well drilled and efficient team.

"We saw against Ireland they are a team that can play for the full 80 minutes and they can be dogged and physical and are playing heads-up rugby at the moment

"Those combinations make them dangerous and we fully respect England and we go there as a team which has had a bit of bipolar championship so far."