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Four Changes for England Ahead of Ireland Showdown

England have made four changes to their starting line-up ahead of this weekend’s clash with rivals Ireland and there is a surprise selection in the back-line

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England head coach Eddie Jones has confirmed a total of four changes to his starting XV for this Sunday’s Six Nations game against Ireland in Twickenham Stadium at 15 00.

In the pack Joe Marler takes the place of Mako Vunipola, who misses the game through family reasons, while in the backs Ben Youngs, Manu Tuilagi and Jonathan Joseph come in. 

The only surprise being that regular centre Joseph will start on the wing for his 50th international test. 

Elsewhere it’s the same team that defeated Scotland last time out with Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler joining Marler in the front-row, with Maro Itoje and George Kruis behind them in the engine-room. 

Courtney Lawes continues at blindside-flanker, with Sam Underhill on the openside and Tom Curry is once again selected at No 8 despite many fans and pundits calling for him to be shifted back to the flank. 

Youngs links-up with George Ford in the half-backs, with captain Owen Farrell and Tuilagi outside them in the midfield pairing. 

Joseph starts on the left-wing, with Jonny May on the right and Elliot Daly shifts to full-back to complete the starting line-up. 

There is a six-two forwards to backs split on the bench with the likes of Luke Cowan-Dickie and Joe Launchbury among the replacements for the pack while Willi Heinz and the returning Henry Slade are cover for the backs. 

Speaking ahead of the game Jones believes that his team are well prepared for the clash but knows how dangerous Ireland can be. 

“We’ve had a really good training week with Thursday probably our best session of the Guinness Six Nations. Ireland are a very good team, extremely well-coached. They are a team we respect a lot. They will bring their usual physicality and under Andy Farrell they’ve opened up their game a little bit. They are a tactically smart team. Murray and Sexton, who have played 170 Tests between them, at nine and 10 will manage the game well. We’ve got to make sure we match their physicality and their emotion on the weekend. We trained at Twickenham Stadium in front of 10,000 fans last Friday and we can’t wait to get back out there in front of 80,000 people on Sunday,” he said. 

England will head into the game looking to get their championship title tilt back on track, but come up against an Ireland team hoping to seal a Triple Crown and continue their march towards a Grand Slam in what is set to be a massive encounter against two fierce rivals. 

Check Out the Full 23-Man Squad Below. 

Starting XV: 

15 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 41 caps)

14 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 54 caps)

13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps)

12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 81 caps) C

11 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 49 caps)

10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 67 caps)

9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 97 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 69 caps)

2 Jamie George (Saracens, 47 caps)

3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 33 caps)

4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 36 caps)

5 George Kruis (Saracens, 43 caps)

6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 83 caps)

7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 17 caps)

8 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 21 caps)

Replacements:

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps)

17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps)

18 Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 1 cap)

19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 63 caps)

20 Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)

21 Ben Earl (Saracens, 1 cap)

22 Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 11 caps)

23 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 27 caps)

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Cian Healy signs short term extension

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Ireland and Leinster loosehead prop Cian Healy has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

Cian is Ireland’s most capped prop forward having lined out for Ireland on 107 occasions to date. He made his Ireland debut against Australia in November 2009 and was selected for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia making two appearances before injury ended his involvement.

Cian has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and represented Leinster on 226 occasions winning four Heineken Cup titles during his career in blue.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Cian has been a cornerstone of both the Irish and Leinster packs for over a decade.  He has shown incredible resilience to come back from serious injury and perform at the highest level.  Cian has a lot to contribute to Irish Rugby and we are delighted that he has signed on for another year.”

Cian Healy, commented,

“My drive for success at both Leinster and Ireland is as strong as ever.  I am lucky enough to currently be part to two teams with the same mentality which is special and I look forward to another season of pushing boundaries and achieving our goals.

I’m loving my rugby as much now as I did at the very start of my career and looking forward to having our supporters back in stadia.”

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O’Mahony Signs Contract Extension with IRFU

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Ireland and Munster backrow Peter O’Mahony has signed a two year extension to his IRFU contract keeping him at Munster until 2023.

Peter made his Ireland debut in the Six Nations against Italy in 2012 and has gone on to win 74 caps and captain his country on eight occasions.  A Lions tourist in 2017, Peter captained the Lions in the opening Test of the series against New Zealand.

Peter has represented Munster on 141 occasions becoming captain of his province in 2013 at the age of 24.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Peter has played a leadership role in Munster from an early age and is one of the senior leaders in the national squad.  He is a competitor and passionate about playing for both Ireland and Munster.”

Peter O’Mahony, commented,

“It’s a huge privilege to sign on with the province and country I’ve grown up in and dreamed of playing for. It’s been something I’ve been very open about saying from day one and its very pleasing to be able to continue the journey for two more years.

There’s a huge amount of responsibility that comes with representing both teams and I understand how much pressure there is to deliver silverware, however, I am incredibly enthusiastic on the position and competitiveness of both Munster and Ireland and I look forward to hopefully contributing to both, to succeed in delivering that success on the pitch.”

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Sexton extends contract

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Ireland and Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton has signed a 1 year extension to his IRFU contract up to the end of the 2021/22 season.

The 2018 World Player of the Year took on the Ireland captaincy in January 2020 and is one of Irish rugby’s most decorated players.

He has been central to both Ireland and Leinster’s success for over a decade following his international debut against Fiji in November 2009.

A two time Lions tourist in 2013 and 2017, Johnny has won three Six Nations titles with Ireland and four European Cups with Leinster.  He has represented his provinces on 171 occasions scoring 1505 points.

David Nucifora, IRFU Performance Director, commented,

“Johnny continues to show he has the quality and appetite to compete at the highest levels.  He is playing an important leadership role with the Ireland squad and his insight and experience continues to be of great value to the group.”

Johnny Sexton, commented,

“I am really enjoying my rugby and I want to keep learning and adding value to both the Ireland and Leinster environments.   I am enjoying the challenge of captaincy and the added responsibility that it brings.  My appetite for success is the same as it ever was and the ambitions of both the Ireland and Leinster squads match my own.”

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