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Preview – Ireland v England

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You could not ask for a better start to the Six Nations than to see the two favourites taking each other on in round 1.

This is exactly what the supporters of Ireland and England can look forward to this Saturday.

Ireland, the defending champions and most properly the best team in the world at the moment will host the English at home as they look to defend their title and go for back to back Grand Slams.

Last year the Irish got an easy win over England at Twickenham and they will want to repeat it this time around at home in front of the same fans who saw them beat the All Blacks in November at the same field.

It is going to be a massive clash and in a World Cup year the importance of this test goes a few steps higher.

England looks a bit different from the team that lost at home last year against Ireland with Manu Tuilagi and Billy Vunipola back in the team. They have the potentially to be destructive and give England the edge they did not had last year.

One will have to wait and see if the two will be able to play the full test.

Ireland has a massive pack and if England want to stand a chance to take the win they will have to not just compete up front they will have to dominate the Irish in this department.

Ireland have momentum and they have a believe that they are the best in the world and that makes them even more dangerous.

There are so many match-ups to look forward to in this test and it will be a classic.

Ireland also have the bragging rights with wins over England in 2017 and 2018.

Prediction: This will be one test not to miss, and one have to go with Ireland for the win at home, but I feel like gambling this weekend, England by 3

The teams:

Ireland: 15 Robbie Henshaw, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 Sean O’Brien, 21 John Cooney, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Dan Robson, 22 George Ford, 23 Chris Ashton

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