Wales can take both pluses and minuses from the home defeat against France in their last RBS 6 Nations clash.
On the positive side, Michael Owen is exactly the type of player we need. He was our best ball-carrier and the leading tackler alongside Gethin Jenkins, whose work-rate at the set piece and in the loose was outstanding.
However, the set pieces - and particularly the scrum - will be of grave concern. France utterly crucified us in those areas and you can't afford to be in such disarray in international rugby.
It was worrying to see Wales losing the physical battles and the back-line failing to function, crabbing across the field. We didn't have enough power - which is something that will have to be addressed.
The return of Mike Tindall is a big boost for England - he is strong and powerful and will provide some shape in what has been a largely disjointed midfield.
Jason Robinson reverts to full-back, although I believe his best position is on the wing, and it all amounts to a return to a tried and trusted method which has a much better feel to it for England.
They have opted for a big pack with the inclusion of Chris Jones and are clearly looking to eradicate the problems they encountered against Ireland, with five line-out options in Jones, Ben Kay, Danny Grewcock, Richard Hill and Lawrence Dallaglio.
Sir Clive Woodward's men were still suffering a World Cup hangover when they played Ireland and that defeat will serve as a wake-up call.
They will be out to physically intimidate Wales so we must try to keep the game at a high tempo, get quick ball and move the ball away quickly from the contact area. We need to be dynamic in the midfield and try to get at them out wide.
England are past masters at slowing the ball down and we cannot afford to be fragile in the tackle - otherwise it could be a long, draining, punishing afternoon for Wales.