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Live Reporting

By Richard Williams and Owen Rawlings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight - join us again tomorrow

    So that's the preliminaries done with.

    The pundits have had their say, so now it's down to the players.

    We will keep you up-to-date with Scrum V live coverage of the match in text, audio and video - just like tonight.

    You can join us from wherever you are via computer, tablet or mobile - go to bbc.co.uk/scrumv or navigate to the Welsh Rugby page on the BBC Sport mobile site or app.

    And you'll be able to email scrumv@bbc.co.uk or tweet us using #ScrumV.

    Nothing much to happen now apart from the small matter of 15 full-blooded rugby matches in the oldest and most successful rugby tournament in the world.

    What do you all have planned between now and 21 March?

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    Who will take the honours?

    Phil Vickery, Dafydd James and Adam Jones all predict a Wales win tomorrow. In fact, Mr. James is so confident that he gives us a specific score: 18-12 to Wales.

    But he thinks Ireland will take the Six Nations title, and so does Phil Vickery.

    Adam Jones delivers his verdict on who will win the 2015 Six Nations
    Image caption: Adam Jones delivers his verdict on who will win the 2015 Six Nations

    Asked who will win the championship, Adam Jones replies: "Italy!"

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    Phil Vickery

    Former England prop forward

    Is it fair that Wales are criticised for playing such a structured game?

    Phil Vickery

    I get frustrated looking in to Wales from the outside. I know what Warren Gatland is like, I know what Shaun Edwards is like and I know what Rob Howley is like. It's because of what they are like that people in Wales are able to say "come on , we've got a chance here."

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    Adam Jones

    Former Wales and British and Irish Lions prop

    Last year England were good, they were clever with what they did. They added a bit of variety to their game, which we haven't seen before. I want people like George North to step up for Wales, I want Leigh Halfpenny to step up.

    Adam Jones
    Image caption: Adam Jones reflects on England's 29-18 win against Wales in the 2014 Six Nations
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    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at the Mochyn Du

    It's getting quite emotional at the Mochyn Du as Phil Vickery delivers a moving speech about tomorrow's match between Wales and England.

    "Rugby has to mean something," the former England and Wasps prop says, looking intently towards presenter Rick O'Shea.

    "What's going to make me beat you? The top two inches," Vickery adds, pointing to his head.

    Wales must be glad Vickery has retired. The former Celebrity Masterchef winner seems fired up.

  6. Where will you be tomorrow night?

    We'll be busy keeping you up-to-date with live coverage of the match in text, audio and video - just like tonight.

    You can join us from wherever you are via computer, tablet or mobile - go to bbc.co.uk/scrumv or navigate to the Welsh Rugby page on the BBC Sport mobile site or app.

    And you'll be able to email or tweet us with your thoughts just as you have tonight.

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    Dafydd James

    Former Wales and Lions wing

    On home advantage...

    It's about the top three inches. It's just a piece of grass just in a different place. The England game has always been the World Cup final for Wales - you know, as long as we beat the English. But it's special.

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    Phil Vickery

    Former England prop forward

    I love a scrummage and to talk about it, but I don't want it to dominate the game. I want to see the ball moved to the backs, but believe me it will be won and lost up front and I think the reason Wales have the edge is Leigh Halfpenny kicking those scrum penalties.

  9. Get involved #BBCScrumV

    Which team has the edge going into tomorrow night's game?

    Test record in 2014

    Olly Myers tweets: "England v Wales is going to be one of the highlight games of the Six Nations. I think a lot of people will be watching. #ScrumV"

    Andrew Priestley weighs in: "Wales have big-game experience in their XV for tomorrow night, they will not be overawed. The same can't be said for England. #ScrumV"

    Gwinnie Jones is not the only one to have noticed that both sides' hookers have problems with discipline on occasion: "Exciting contest ahead re Hibbard & Hartley tomorrow according to #scrumv pundits.

    What do you think? Tweet using #ScrumV or email us on scrumv@bbc.co.uk.

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    Dafydd James

    Former Wales and Lions wing

    After Gatland's comment that George North had not "played that well in the Welsh jersey in the last few games"

    I disagree with Warren Gatland over George North. He has been exceptional for Northampton and I think there's a lot of kidology to bring out the best of him tomorrow. I hope he will rise to it.

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    Phil Vickery

    Former England prop forward

    The World Cup match may not have a direct bearing on Friday's game, but it adds a beautiful extra layer to an intriguing story line.

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    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at the Mochyn Du

    BBC Radio Wales Sport Six Nations preview

    Like a well-rehearsed line-out routine, it's out with the Five Live panel and in with the Radio Wales crew for the last half-hour of this Six Nations preview.

    Dawson, Jones and Stringer have made way but Vickery remains and he's joined by presenter Rick O'Shea and former Wales and Lions wing Dafydd James.

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    Ryan Jones

    Former Wales captain

    I'd like to see both England and Wales get out of the World Cup and progress at the expense of Australia. But this result will have no effect.

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    Dafydd James

    Former Wales and Lions wing

    I would have picked Liam Williams instead of Alex Cuthbert for Wales.

    I'd have Liam at full-back, and Leigh Halfpenny and George North on the wings.

    Head to head

    What do you think? Would you have picked Liam Williams or Alex Cuthbert if you were Wales coach Warren Gatland?

    Tweet using #ScrumV or email us on scrumv@bbc.co.uk.

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    Peter Stringer

    Former Ireland scrum-half

    Will the result tomorrow have any effect on the game between England and Wales in the World Cup in September.

    I don't think so, it's a new competition. Both teams will want to win this game for the progression of the team, so in the grand scheme of things, I don't think so.

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    Ryan Jones

    Former Wales captain

    On the clash between hookers Dylan Hartley and Richard Hibbard

    Those two are going to go hammer and tongs at each other for 80 minutes and produce an abrasive physical challenge there.

    When Hibbard plays well then Wales do as well because he typifies all about them, the way they want to play on the front foot play. And likewise if Hartley plays well then England do, especially in the set-piece.

    Ryan Jones delivers his analysis in a rather fetching hat
    Image caption: Ryan Jones delivers his analysis in a rather fetching hat
  17. Get involved #BBCScrumV

    Plenty of you are getting in touch and you're all feeling the buzz ahead of Wales against England tomorrow night.

    Andrew Priestley tweets: "No other annual sporting tournament can match the Six Nations for passion, pride, excitement and sporting drama. I can't wait! #ScrumV"

    Luke Benson adds: "Happy Six Nations eve, ready with protein shake out for Sam Warburton #ScrumV"

    Gwinnie Jones is enjoying the coverage, she says: "Loving analysis & views from Ryan Jones on #scrumv He really should be asked to do more on Sunday nights in the studio..."

    We'll pass the message on, Gwinnie!

    Tweet using #ScrumV or email us on scrumv@bbc.co.uk.

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    Ian Robertson

    BBC rugby union correspondent

    Scotland are much better now than they were under Scott Johnson. Under Vern Cotter they are getting better and better, improving with every game and the players are really warming to Vern Cotter.

    They have good backs but that's no good without the ball, but the French are very generous people and perhaps they'll give us a bit of the ball.

    The odds are heavily in France's favour. But Scotland are much better prepared now and they know what they are doing.

    Home form

    Scotland will be much better than they have been for the past three years.

  19. What the panel think...

    The entire panel goes for France beating Scotland until Phil Vickery gives the men in dark blue a sympathy vote.

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    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at the Mochyn Du

    As he has done in the Wales scrum, Adam Jones has left a sizeable void after vacating his chair here.

    Taking his place is the rather more diminutive Peter Stringer, the Ireland scrum-half who is roughly half the size of Jones.

    Stringer and the panel expect reigning Six Nations champions Ireland to be strong again this year. They play Wales in Cardiff - how pivotal a match could that be?

  21. Get involved

    Marc has emailed us from Bogota, Colombia: "Has the French national team got new Malaysian owners hence the red kit?!"

    Yes, that's right, get ready to see Les Bleus playing in red on the road this year.

    Where are the rest of you following us from? We're live from the Mochyn Du pub in Cardiff!

    Tweet using #ScrumV or email us on scrumv@bbc.co.uk.

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    Ryan Jones

    Former Wales captain

    The fixtures fall right into Ireland's hands with Italy first up and it's a chance for the players to knock the rustiness out and then [Jonny] Sexton comes back probably after two rounds and then they become a really strong proposition and they are the favourites for the championship, no doubt.

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    Peter Stringer

    Former Ireland scrum-half

    The Six Nations is an occasion every player wants to be a part of.

    Peter Stringer

    Jonathan Sexton is there at outside half. I think he's crucial to Ireland's hopes.

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    Ryan Jones

    Former Wales captain

    Ireland are very smart in the way they play. We've known they are a very strong team but they have a little bit of creativity now under Joe Schmidt which he has brought in from Leinster when they were at their best. Ireland didn't have that before and it makes them a more complete threat now.

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    Adam Jones

    Former Wales and British and Irish Lions prop

    Prop Jones thinks the battle up front could be crucial...

    Coley [England's Dan Cole] is one of the best loose-heads in the world and the England bench worries me because they have so much impact to come on.

    Discussion

    The scrum in the last two years has all been about the referees' interpretations. Two years ago Wales had the rub of the green, in Twickenham last season we didn't.

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    Matt Dawson

    Former England scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    The game tomorrow night is going to be won in the front row.

    Hookers

    Is Matt right? Here's what the stats say about hookers Richard Hibbard and Dylan Hartley.

    Or will the battle be won behind the scrum? Who has the advantage there?

    Tweet using #ScrumV or email us on scrumv@bbc.co.uk.

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    Ryan Jones

    Former Wales captain on the great roof debate

    If the weather was going to play any factor it should be closed... but it's going to be a nice night tomorrow so it's going to be irrelevant so let's get on with it.

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    Phil Vickery

    Former England prop forward

    Discussion

    On Adam Jones' bow-out from international competition:

    I'm absolutely gutted because I still think he's got an awful lot to offer.

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    Adam Jones

    Former Wales and British and Irish Lions prop

    And there may be tears from Adam...

    "It's a bit strange, I feel a bit detached from it. I'll probably cry tomorrow."

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    Adam Jones

    Former Wales and British and Irish Lions prop, on his retirement

    After his omission from the Wales Six Nations squad and decision to retire from international rugby: "I'm a big fan of Samson Lee and I did my best to push him coming off the bench for Wales, but [coaches] Mr Gatland and Mr McBryde didn't see it that way, so I made the decision in the autumn."

  31. Get involved #BBCScrumV

    Which team will have the edge tomorrow?

    Head to head

    Let us know using #ScrumV on Twitter or email us on scrumv@bbc.co.uk.

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    Ryan Jones

    Former Wales captain

    On the tough job that faced England captain Chris Robshaw after defeat in 2013.

    "It's difficult for one man to turn around what happened in 2013. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say you were a beaten by a better side, but you have to learn and move on and we saw a year later Wales went to Twickenham and lost and that's the sign of a very good team and leader."

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    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at the Mochyn Du

    Matt Dawson with presenter Ross Harries

    Despite saying Wales will be favourites tomorrow - and cheerfully reminding the Mochyn Du crowd of that thumping 2013 Welsh victory - Matt Dawson is still not the most popular figure among the Welsh fans here.

    The former England scrum-half was met with pantomime jeers as he is introduced as tonight's presenter on BBC Radio Wales and Five Live.

    Momentarily flustered, Dawson had a big cheer as his microphone and headphones briefly fly off his head. The match is still more than 24 hours away but this pocket of Cardiff already seems to be working itself into a frenzy.

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    Sir Clive Woodward

    Former England coach

    Talking on 5 Live and BBC Radio Wales remembering Wales' 30-3 win in 2013:

    "I didn't think a crowd could influence a game until that night ... that blinking Welsh anthem started and the English didn't look confident and I said to Jiffy [Jonathan Davies] I've never heard anything like that in my life. Something amazing happened that night."

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    Wales v England: The teams

    Teams

    Here is a reminder of the sides which will take to the Millennium Stadium turf tomorrow night.

  36. Get involved #BBCScrumV

    The excitement is building! Will anyone be able to sleep tonight?

    John Griffiths tweets: "It feels like Christmas Eve #SixNations #scrumv"

    Julie Townley adds: "One more sleep #iamwales #6Nations #scrumv"

    Tom Guy has channelled his excitement into quoting legendary Welsh singer Max Boyce, who famously described the Millennium Stadium in these lovely words: "They say it's got a sliding roof that they can move away, they slide it back when Wales attack, so God can watch us play! #scrumv"

    Tweet using #ScrumV or email us on scrumv@bbc.co.uk.

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    Ryan Jones

    Former Wales captain

    "It's good to be here to break up this English party.

    "Wales v England is such a wonderful fixture for us it's the big brother rivalry we talk about bragging rights and banter, but it's special. This opening night in Cardiff will set the tone for the tournament perfectly."

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    Peter Stringer

    Former Ireland scrum-half

    The Bath number nine expects Wales to win in Cardiff on Friday night, but doesn't expect Wales or England to eclipse Ireland in the tournament.

    "Ireland have proven their form in the autumn internationals and in the coach Joe Schmidt they have a keen tactician and they play to a pattern and do it very well. Once they get past Italy - which I expect them to do - then they'll grown in confidence."

  39. Get involved #BBCScrumV

    It's nearly time. Wales against England. Just over 24 hours to go until two great foes kick off at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the opening game of the 2015 Six Nations!

    Can Wales replicate the 30-3 thrashing they dealt Stuart Lancaster's side in 2013? Or will England make it two wins in a row against the Welsh?

    Who are the key players? The Millennium Stadium roof will be open - does that give England an advantage?

    Join in the debate and let us know how you see the 2015 Six Nations panning out. Tweet using #ScrumV or email us on scrumv@bbc.co.uk.

  40. Meet the panel

    Matt Dawson
    Image caption: Can Matt Dawson see into the future?

    RYAN JONES

    No Welshman has won more Grand Slams than Ryan Jones, he was in the sides that completed Six Nations clean sweeps in 2005, 2008 and 2012. He also holds the record for captaining Wales - having worn the armband on 33 occasions - a record that is likely to be beaten by Sam Warburton in this season's tournament.

    PHIL VICKERY

    World Cup winner and proud Cornishman Vickery played 73 times for England and made five Test match appearances for the British and Irish Lions. A mean prop he is also a whizz in the kitchen, having won the 2011 series of Celebrity Masterchef, beating news presenter Kirsty Wark and actor Nick Pickard in the final.

    MATT DAWSON

    Another member of the team which won the 2003 World Cup in Australia, Dawson made 77 England appearances and played in seven Lions Test matches. Another Celebrity Masterchef winner (England would hammer Wales in a cooking contest) Dawson has probably won more editions of Question of Sport than he did rugby internationals - quite a feat when you consider he was part of a very successful England side.

  41. Good evening

    Hello and good evening from the Mochyn Du in Cardiff on the eve of the 2015 Six Nations.

    For our non Welsh-speaking friends, Mochyn Du means Black Pig - but it is not named after the pirate ship in the 1970s children TV series Captain Pugwash.

    Will England mount a successful raid against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Friday?

    Matt Dawson, Phil Vickery and Ryan Jones will guide us through the prospects for that game, and the rest of the tournament.

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