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Test Preview – England v Ireland


England is back at Twickenham this weekend and will host Ireland in another warmup test.

Last week did not go as planned for Eddie Jones and his players going down to Wales in what was a test which saw England struggle to get momentum.

Jones have selected some of his top players for this weekend test match with Curry, Underhill and Farrell in the starting XV.

Curry and Underhill will form the loose trio with Billy Vunipola for this weekend test against Ireland.

England captain also gets a run this weekend at inside centre pairing up with Tuilagi with George Ford staying at flyhalf.

Johnny May will also get his first start in these warmup test on the wing with Cokanasiga moving to the other side.

The front-row has a nice look to it in Jamie George, Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler with Kruis and Itoje packing behind them in the second row.

This will be England last game at home before going to Japan and a good performance will go a long way for Jones and the players heading to the World Cup

Rory Best will lead Ireland on Saturday with several players making their first start of the season.

This is only Ireland second warmup test which sees Best, Cian Healy and Tadhg Furlong make up the front-row.

Jean Kleyn and Iain Henderson will form the second row with Stander at the back of the scrum.

Josh van der Flier and Peter )’Mahony will packe at the side of the scrum forming a world class loose trio for Ireland.

Ross Brrne will make his first international start for Ireland this weekend at ten with Murray at nine.

In the midfield we have Ringrose retaining his place from the Italy test and he will partner Aki.

In the back three we see Kearney, Stockdale and Larmour taking their places against England.


England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Jonathan Joseph

Ireland: 15. Rob Kearney, 14. Jordan Larmour, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Jacob Stockdale, 10. Ross Byrne, 9. Conor Murray, 8. CJ Stander, 7. Josh van der Flier, 6. Peter O’Mahony, 6. Peter O’Mahony, 5. Jean Kleyn, 4. Iain Henderson, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 2. Rory Best, 1. Cian Healy

Replacements: 16. Sean Cronin, 17. Jack McGrath, 18. Andrew Porter, 19. Devin Toner, 20. Tadhg Beirne, 21. Luke McGrath, 22. Jack Carty, 23. Andrew Conway

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