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Martin Bayfield backs England to beat Wales

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As Wales and England prepare for their Six Nations showdown at Twickenham on the weekend, two former rivals on the pitch put their allegiances aside to preview the affair.

Former Wales No.8 Scott Quinnell and Martin Bayfield, who played 32 times at lock for England, came up against each other on a number of occasions during their careers and as their respective nations lock horns on Sunday, the giants cast their eye over the two teams.

England's exceptional 13-10 victory against Ireland last month blew the Championships wide open and Quinnell admitted that he was hoping for a home victory.

"That was the only time I ever ever sat down and though I'm going to support England," he said in an interview with QBRRugby.

"I said not Ireland but I did say to some people I hope England win very quietly.

"The more it got down to 76th and then the 78th minute, I thought a draw will do but when it was over I was glad they won."

The two teams will clash next summer at Twickenham at the 2015 World Cup and despite Wales winning the last three matches the the venue, Bayfield has stuck by his country and believes they'll come up with the goods.

"I'm going to have to go with England," he said.

"Even though you say the fear factor has gone for Wales at Twickenham I'm going to go with an England victory.

"I dont think it's going to be by much, we'll probably see a similar pattern to the Ireland game, and it'll be hugely physical but I think an England win."

Quinnell and Bayfield were speaking exclusively at an event hosted by QBE, official insurance partner of England Rugby. For more great rugby videos and interviews, go to: www.qberugby.com and follow @QBErugby on Twitter.

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