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Scott Baldwin feeling upbeat before Wales' meeting with England

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Wales forward Scott Baldwin has delivered an upbeat message as the 2011 World Cup semi-finalists prepare for a Twickenham showdown with England.

The Wales players have relocated to Surrey ahead of Saturday's Pool A encounter, but not before centre Cory Allen was released from World Cup duty after suffering a hamstring injury during an opening 54-9 victory over Uruguay in Cardiff.

Allen, joined Leigh Halfpenny, Rhys Webb and Jonathan Davies in being sidelined from the tounament, while Halfpenny's replacement Eli Walker was released earlier this month due to hamstring trouble just a week after being called up.

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Injury crisis? 

Newport Gwent Dragons centre Tyler Morgan has filled Allen's place, and Wales head coach Warren Gatland will also be keeping a close eye on his prop resources after Paul James and Samson Lee went off after experiencing tight calf muscles against Uruguay, and Aaron Jarvis suffered rib damage.

If Gatland decides that he needs to replace one of his props, then the likes of Rob Evans, Nicky Smith and Scott Andrews could come into the equation.

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We have it all to do 

Ospreys hooker Baldwin, meanwhile, has no doubt how Wales must approach an England game that will see them either maintain a strong quarter-final course or leave them scrapping to avoid pool stage elimination.

Asked if it was a win-or-bust scenario, Baldwin said: "That's the mentality we've got to go in with, and that is what the coaches put on us.

"We are going into every game looking to win it. We're not looking to come second in this group - we want to win it.

"Obviously, there is a lot of pressure on them (England), but I am sure they will rise to it, as we will rise to it, going to Twickenham.

"We don't fear going away from home, as we showed in the Six Nations, and we're going up there full of confidence and looking to get the result we want.

"I've never been to Twickenham before, and if selected it will be a great opportunity and one I look forward to.

"I've never been as a fan either, so it will be a new experience for me."


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