Both sides currently share the same points total as Ireland and France, with England sitting above their weekend opposition in second place thanks to a superior score difference.
It's all to play for at Twickenham on Sunday (March 9th) and both sides will be battling hard to take a huge leap in their pursuit of the title.
In last year's competition, England's hopes of grand slam success were dashed in the final game against Wales. All Stuart Lancaster's side needed was a win, but the home side completely demolished them in Cardiff.
The 30-3 victory, courtesy of two tries from Alex Cuthbert and points for Dan Biggar and Leigh Halfpenny from kicks, marked the biggest loss sustained by an England team against Wales.
Not only did it mean the title slipped out of England's grasp, Wales' success meant it was passed over to them.
The memories of last year will still be ringing clear in the minds of many England players, so it's set to be all the more intense come Sunday.
There is just one change to the side that triumphed over Ireland in February, with Billy Vunipola ruled out for the rest of the tournament following an ankle injury.
Ben Morgan will take the place of Vunipola, while Exeter flanker Tom Johnson has been drafted into the 23-man squad to take a seat on the bench.
Johnson, who already has five caps to his name, has been training with the team throughout the Six Nations and coach Lancaster is confident he will be able to step up when needed.
Manu Tuilagi is not yet fit enough to feature for the international side, having only just returned from a pectoral injury.
The Leicester Tigers man did feature for his club last Sunday after six months out, but he has not been deemed fit enough to run out against Wales.
In addition to being a big game in terms of the current competition, England captain Chris Robshaw believes victory this weekend will give the side a psychological advantage ahead of the World Cup, with the two set to face each other in the group stages.
"If Wales win every game going into the World Cup, it's not going to fill you with confidence, is it?" the 27-year-old said.
"You want to make sure you can get one over on them and get the results when it matters."
With the England side in the hunt for the Triple Crown after victories over Scotland and Ireland, Robshaw insists the set-up has matured since last year's defeat in Cardiff and will show that on Sunday.
Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the game as England squeezed past Denmark in last night's international friendly at Wembley.
The Liverpool striker found the back of the net on the 82nd minute, heading home a delightful chipped cross from substitute Adam Lallana.
It secured a 1-0 win for the home side and spared them from a third consecutive game without a win or a goal.
The match presented an opportunity for a few players to make their case for World Cup selection, with no more friendlies left before coach Roy Hodgson selects his 23-man squad.
Lallana looked bright when joining the game in the 59th minute, while Raheem Sterling made a nuisance of himself during his time on the pitch.
The 19-year-old almost got on the scoresheet too, but a last gasp challenge from Peter Ankersen saw the defender deflect Ashley Cole's cross onto the post from close range, just in front of the stretching Sterling.
It was an important night for Cole, who is vying to keep his place in the international squad despite not featuring for Chelsea too often this season. He demonstrated glimpses of his old self, but looked generally rusty.
Southampton's young left-back Luke Shaw replaced the veteran at half-time, earning his first international cap at just 18 years of age.
He was generally impressive during his time on the field, delivering a performance of confidence and assurance. Cole should be worried if Shaw continues his current run of form.
Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard pulled the strings in midfield, adopting a deeper role that he is likely to fulfill in Rio.
Wayne Rooney had 'one of those nights' in an England shirt, failing to provide any real moments of inspiration.
Joe Hart did what he needed to do in goal, but the central defensive pairing of Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling were often cut open by the Danes in situations they should have been able to handle.
In fact, one such instance could have seen Denmark claiming the opening goal, as Jakob Poulsen glided his way into the box to cut inside and play the ball across the England goal. However, to Cahill's credit he did help to clear the danger after Hart was beaten.
England will be relieved that they did eventually find the net, settling some nerves in the camp before they head off to Brazil.
With the 2014 World Cup just three months away, the Three Lions will need to put in far better performances if they have any hope of progressing through the group stages.
Opportunities have been given to players like Raheem Sterling and Southampton quartet Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert to make their case for a seat on the plane.
It will be the last chance for manager Hodgson to see the players in international action before he submits his final squad list for Rio, so it's sure to be a fiercely contested game from England's point of view.
The first-11 for tonight has not been fully confirmed, but Hodgson has said Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson will earn his 50th cap for England. The 29-year-old is the only recognised player in the position following the withdrawal of Tottenham's Kyle Walker through injury.
There is also an intriguing battle for the left-back position, with three players fighting it out for their place in the World Cup squad.
Leighton Baines will sit out tonight's game through injury, giving a chance for the rarely used Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole and the aforementioned Southampton youngster Shaw to capture the manager's attention.
While Cole hasn't been a feature of Jose Mourinho's regular starting line-up this season, he still has over 100 caps for his country. He has been a fixture in the England side for over a decade and he will not want to give up his place too easily.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Shaw has been in sensational form for Southampton this year and clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all said to be interested in the player's signature.
For now his focus will be on international selection, with tonight's game an excellent stage to show he is mature enough to take on the challenge.
There have been some suggestions that Hodgson might mimic the starting line-up that has seen such success at Liverpool this season.
Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge could make up the midfield and attacking line for England, with Wayne Rooney and Lallana filling up the positions usually occupied by Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez.
Liverpool are the current top scorers in the Premier League and sit in second place behind Chelsea. This has been largely thanks to the aforementioned quartet of players and a slight adjustment in personnel to fit with England could be the key to success not only tonight, but also in Rio.
However, with a number of players waiting on the bench, there is plenty of quality personnel ready to make their case for selection.
Tonight's game will be an intriguing test ahead of Brazil. With yesterday marking 100 days until the tournament, England fans are now even more excited about the opening game against Italy on June 14th.
Let's all take a minute to marvel over LeBron James.
If anyone had any doubts about his form in the NBA this year, they should probably take a look at his performance last night against the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Akron-born man scored a career-high 61 points, also claiming a franchise record for most points in a game for the Miami Heat.
In the 124-107 win over the visiting Bobcats, LeBron scored eight of his ten attempts from beyond the arc, while making 14 of his remaining 23 field goal efforts.
As well as showing the hot hand in shooting, James also found the time to help his side out with seven rebounds and five assists.
His previous record high for points was achieved way back in 2005 when he was still a Cleveland Cavalier. In a tie against the Toronto Raptors, LeBron walked away with 56 points.
It seemed like it was going to be some night for LeBron early on, as the 29-year-old knocked down 24 points before half time. However, his unprecedented 25 points in the third quarter put him on the path to smash some records.
The Heat haven't been quite as deadly as they were last season and the 'laid back' performances of LeBron have been partly attributed to this.
However, he's not far behind his career averages across the board, and he's been having to carry the weight for Dwyane Wade, who has been absent for a number of games this season.
In fact, LeBron knows he doesn't have to perform like he's in the playoffs during the regular season, but yet he's still posting up more than impressive numbers.
His 61 points last night reminded everyone that he's still MVP and the efforts of Paul George and Kevin Durant might still not be enough to wrestle the crown from the King.
While the Bobcats could not account for the performance of LeBron, spare a thought for Al Jefferson, who had a night that would usually be seen as stunning had it not been for the efforts of a certain number six.
The Bobcats centre had 38 points, 19 rebounds and an assist last night, but his impressive totals were almost nothing in comparison to LeBron.
He was shooting from absolutely everywhere, but his positioning on the wing at the top of the arc was his favoured area for knocking down three-pointers.
LeBron was just one point away from the NBA's season-high total, a record that Carmelo Anthony holds after claiming 62 points earlier in the season - once again against the Bobcats.
High-scoring nights aside, the Heat's victory saw them extend their winning streak to eight games. The Bobcats however are now on a three-game losing skid, but still remain in playoff contention.
Manchester City secured a dramatic 3-1 win against Sunderland to claim the first piece of silverware of the football season in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday (March 2nd).
The result marks the first trophy of Manuel Pellegrini's City managerial tenure and his first ever trophy in Europe.
Sunderland went into the match as the obvious underdogs, despite beating Chelsea and Manchester United on the way to the final.
However, the Black Cats managed to break the deadlock after just ten minutes, as on-loan striker Fabio Borini capitalised on some lax defending from captain Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis to strike home his effort from an exceptionally tight angle.
The Italian wheeled away in jubilation as the travelling City fans and the players on the pitch stood stunned.
Sunderland managed to hold onto the lead until half time, continually showing their desire to win over Manchester City's lacklustre display.
Lee Cattermole bossed Sunderland's midfield, continually harassing City's midfielders, with one such instance seeing him steal the ball off Fernandinho to begin the move which led to Borini's goal.
Heading into the tunnel for the half, Pellegrini looked noticeably frustrated with his team's performance. His half time team talk though obviously had some impact on his players.
On the 55th minute, Yaya Toure levelled the score at 1-1 thanks to an exquisite strike from outside of the box. The Ivorian had looked sluggish in the first half, but his class eventually started to show through.
It wasn't long until City had taken the lead, with Samir Nasri pouncing on a loose ball to fire his shot expertly past the helpless Vito Mannone in Sunderland's goal.
For Sunderland, it looked like the game was over, as City asserted their dominance over the Premier League strugglers.
However, the side had the opportunity to pull the game back to 2-2, but substitute Steven Fletcher fired a half volley straight at a grateful Costel Pantilimon.
The Scot had another chance to tie the game up with seconds to spare, but a poor first touch saw an excellent opportunity slip away.
Moments later, City would wrap the game up as they hit Sunderland on the break. Yaya Toure delivered a beautifully timed pass to Jesus Navas, who side-footed it past the diving Sunderland keeper.
City now have their sights set on a four-trophy haul this season, with the side still in the FA Cup, the Premier League title race and the Champions League. However, the latter looks the most unlikely, with City needing to produce a quality display in Barcelona to remain in the competition.
Sunderland are still in the FA Cup and are dreaming of another trip to Wembley. However, Premier League survival is still at the forefront of many supporters' minds, with the side sitting in the relegation zone - albeit with a few games in-hand.
The win puts England level on points with their Irish counterparts in the table, although the men in green have double the scoring difference over Saturday's winners to keep them on top.
Wales clinched a solid 27-6 victory over France on Friday night, playing their part in blowing the tournament wide open.
They join Ireland, England and France on four points in the table and with two games to go, anything could happen.
Back to Saturday's tie, it was always going to be difficult for Stuart Lancaster's men to get points on the board. Before stepping out at Twickenham at the weekend, Ireland had yet to concede a try in the Six Nations tournament.
It was an extraordinarily intense game and neither side were willing to give each other an inch in the opening 40 minutes.
England were able to secure three points going into the half, with the trusty boot of Owen Farrell converting a long range penalty. But Ireland's defence remained resolute against the English assault.
The away side came out flying in the second half, with Rob Kearney making a 22-yard dash for a touchdown in the 43rd minute.
Jonny Sexton easily completed the following conversion, and he added another three points to the board with a penalty six minutes later. Ireland had opened up a seven-point lead.
However, England were not going to go down quietly. Farrell completed another penalty to make it 6-10, before the home side took the initiative.
Captain Chris Robshaw broke through midfield to feed Harlequins teammate Mike Brown, who then passed it on to Danny Care, who finished his run between the posts.
It was the first try Ireland had conceded in the whole of the Six Nations so far and Farrell opened up a lead for England with the conversion. The Irish had no response.
The victory not only makes the tournament that much more intriguing, it also ends Ireland's hopes of a Six Nations Triple Crown.
An injury to Dan Cole, which will keep him out for the rest of the tournament, has seen England coach Stuart Lancaster call on Bath prop David Wilson to fill his boots.
Cole is currently suffering from a bulging disc that is trapping a nerve in his neck, coach Lancaster revealed.
While Wilson's appearance marks the only change in the starting 15, George Ford could also make an appearance on the bench, with the player hoping to make his senior international debut. He replaces Brad Barritt, who has been sent back to his club Saracens.
Wilson has 31 caps for England but has only played 47 minutes of rugby in the last two months due to injury. However, this lack of game time has not worried coach Lancaster, who is fully confident of the player's pedigree.
"He's been around the England camp a long time. Even though he's not spent a long time with us recently, he spent a lot of time with us during the summer and during the autumn internationals, so he's fitted seamlessly back in," Lancaster told the BBC.
He will slot straight into the tight-head position for England's first home match of the competition. It will be a tough challenge for the hosts, who will be up against an Ireland side that has yet to concede a try in the tournament.
Ireland are currently top of the Six Nations table, level on points with France but with a far superior defensive record.
Les Bleus will take on Wales tonight, while Italy will welcome fellow strugglers Scotland to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday, as both are set to battle it out to earn their first victory of the tournament.
The first knockout round of Champions League football began on Tuesday (18th February), but both Arsenal and Manchester City were not able to match their respective opponents.
Manchester City hosted Spanish giants Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium, with many expecting the English side to really put up a fight.
Before the game, the talk was all about City's incredible goal scoring so far this season, with the side smashing home over 100 in all competitions already.
Some were also saying they were up against a Barcelona side that has looked weaker than in recent years, so the men in blue were the hot ticket to win.
However, it wasn't quite to be for the home side, who saw Barcelona leave Manchester with a 2-0 lead going into the second leg at the Camp Nou.
After a rather dull first half, which didn't live up to its billing, the sides went into the changing rooms at 0-0.
However, the complexion of the game changed when City defender Martin Demichelis brought down Lionel Messi when he was clean through on goal, giving the little Argentine a penalty and earning Demichelis a red card.
Messi coolly dispatched the spot kick to give Barcelona a 1-0 lead and the side never looked back.
Dani Alves rounded off the night with a second goal on the 90th minute, giving the visitors a 2-0 cushion. There's a lot of work to be done if City are to get back into the tie.
Arsenal had a similarly dismal night on Wednesday, as visitors Bayern Munich left London with a 2-0 win.
It looked so positive for the home side in the first few minutes, with Yaya Sanogo testing Manuel Neuer in the Munich net, before Arsenal earned a penalty when Jerome Boateng fouled Mesut Ozil in the box.
Arsenal's German midfielder took the spot-kick himself, but it was weak and easily saved by Neuer.
However, it then started to get worse for the home-side, as Kieran Gibbs was forced to exit the field through injury before Arjen Robben earned a penalty for Munich after Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny brought him down.
The goalie was sent off and replaced by substitute Lukasz Fabianski, meaning Arsenal were forced to make two of their three allowed changes in the first half alone. However, David Alaba missed the penalty to give Arsenal some hope.
Arsenal held on to the 0-0 scoreline until the 54th minute, when a beautiful strike from Toni Kroos nestled into the top corner of Fabianski's goal.
Thomas Muller used his head to add a second with minutes to spare, giving Bayern the advantage going into the second leg in Munich.
Bath fly-half George Ford has been included in the matchday squad for England as the side prepares for their Six Nations rugby test against Ireland on Saturday (February 21st).
The 20-year-old has been called up by coach Stuart Lancaster and could make his first senior appearance for the national side.
He might not start the game, but he would make an appearance if Owen Farrell is brought off the field, with Ford expected to be the Saracens man's back-up.
Ford is the only change to the squad that triumphed over Scotland 20-0 and he steps in to replace Brad Barritt.
The 27-year-old is just one of the ten players that have been released back to their respective clubs, with Chris Ashton and Freddie Burns among those who will be heading home.
According to Lancaster, the time feels right to bring Ford into the matchday squad, as three weeks of training has allowed him to become comfortable with the England style of play.
"We have successfully integrated and included many young players over the last two years and George is the next exciting talent to make his mark in the senior squad and we are a looking forward to seeing him develop over the next few months," Lancaster added.
England will tackle Ireland at Twickenham in the hope they can repeat the success they achieved against the side last year - although perhaps with slightly more comfort.
The team in white edged past their opponents 12-6 in the 2013 competition, courtesy of four penalties from Owen Farrell. If he remains in that kind of form, Ford might be lucky to get on the pitch in his place.
Ford has captured the attention of Lancaster following an impressive season for Bath, and could be seen as the long-term back-up for Farrell - especially with the World Cup approaching in 2015.
The NBA All-Star Weekend offers an opportunity for a number of players to take a few days off from what is a truly gruelling regular-season basketball schedule.
For the elite, however, there is no time relax.
After the celebrity game, the rising stars challenge, the skills challenge, the three-point challenge, the coveted dunk contest and a whole host of other events, Sunday saw the much anticipated climax: The 63rd NBA All-Star game.
Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers emerged as the star of the show, clinching the MVP title for his 31-point, 14-assist and five-rebound night.
His efforts ensured that his team of top talent from the Eastern Conference would go on to triumph, securing victory 163-155. The final total marked the highest scoring night in any All-Star match-up.
Of course the game isn't too fiercely contested, as it is more a showcase of talents rather than a truly hard-fought battle. But that doesn't mean that nobody wanted to win!
The East saw Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks knock down 30 points, taking away the record for most three-pointers in an All-Star game in the process. The forward was successful on eight of his 13 attempts from beyond the arc, smashing the record of six set by Mark Price and fellow Eastern All-Star teammate LeBron James.
Miami Heat hero James had 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds during his time on the court.
The highest scorers of the night could be found on the Western side, with Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin pouring in 38 points each. Griffin, of the LA Clippers, also claimed a new record for the most field goals made by a single player in an All-Star game. His 19 successful scoring attempts, including a couple of trademark alley-oop dunks, crushed the record of 17 set by notable NBA legends Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett.