This Is The Ireland Team We Want To See Start Against England

Grand Slam at stake.

Ireland face England at Twickenham with the 2018 Six Nations championship already secured. But the job is only half done, with Ireland chasing their first Grand Slam since 2009.

England meanwhile are seeking to avoid three consecutive Six Nations defeats for the first time since 2006. But despite their current form, they are still undefeated at Twickenham under Eddie Jones.

The good news for head coach Joe Schmidt though, is Ireland emerged from the Scotland win with no fresh injury concerns. This is a first for Ireland at this year’s competition, having lost key players such as Josh van der Flier, Robbie Henshaw and Chris Farrell to injury in the wins over France, Italy and Wales.

That being said, Schmidt doesn’t have a whole lot to do this weekend in terms of his selection. They only real choice he has to make is whether he starts Toner or Henderson.

Personally I’d prefer to see the Ulsterman restored to the starting line-up in place of his Leinster compatriot. There’s absolutely no way you can drop James Ryan give his form throughout the competition.

Elsewhere, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The starting line-up is perfect as is and the replacements bench made a real impact against Scotland.

Our Ireland team vs England

15. Rob Kearney
14. Keith Earls
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Bundee Aki
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best (Captain)
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Iain Henderson
5. James Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony
7. Dan Leavy
8. CJ Stander

16. Sean Cronin
17. Jack McGrath
18. Andrew Porter
19. Devin Toner
20. Jordi Murphy
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Joey Carbery
23. Jordan Larmour