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Warren Gatland. Picture: David Jones/GETTY IMAGES

Warren Gatland. Picture: David Jones/GETTY IMAGES

Warren Gatland. Picture: David Jones/GETTY IMAGES

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has warned his players not to be lured into complacency by England's injury crisis ahead of the sides' Six Nations opener on Friday week.

"If you were England you'd be talking about the injuries and trying to talk Wales up," Gatland said. "We have to make sure we don't get distracted, we have to concentrate on ourselves.

"It doesn't matter who they pick. We saw that last summer when they went to New Zealand and pushed the All Blacks really close in that first game.

"They then made a number of changes for that second and third test."

England beat Wales 29-18 at Twickenham last year but were thrashed 30-3 at the Millennium Stadium in 2013 as the Red Dragon sealed the title.

"It will be a tough game for both of us," Gatland continued.

"We lost last year at Twickenham in a game we didn't play well in but still could have won.

"And then lot of people still talk about the experience of England losing at the Millennium Stadium two years ago. There's a lot of expectation from both teams."


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