Wales close Principality roof to create ‘fortress’ atmosphere for England

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Matches between Wales and England in Cardiff this decade have tended to be preceded by a skirmish over the roof at the Principality Stadium, but it will be closed on Saturday with the hosts not needing their opponents’ consent because the World Cup warmup is not bound by competition rules.

The decision is Wales’s and, while rain is forecast in the Welsh capital, a heatwave would not have tempted them to let in the air as they look to the atmosphere in a closed stadium to help them avenge the 33-19 defeat at Twickenham on Sunday.

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