England Forced Into Late Change Ahead Of Warm-Up Clash With Ireland


England have been forced into a late change ahead of today’s Rugby World Cup warm-up clash with Ireland at Twickenham.

Bath centre Jonathan Joseph woke up with “muscle soreness” this morning and head coach Eddie Jones has decided not to risk playing him.

Harlequins centre Joe Marchant will now wear the number 23 jersey and take Joseph’s spot on the replacements bench.

England starting XV v Ireland

15. Elliot Daly
14. Joe Cokanasiga
13. Manu Tuilagi
12. Owen Farrell (c)
11. Jonny May
10. George Ford
9. Ben Youngs
1. Joe Marler
2. Jamie George
3. Kyle Sinckler
4. Maro Itoje
5. George Kruis
6. Tom Curry
7. Sam Underhill
8. Billy Vunipola

16. Luke Cowan-Dickie
17. Mako Vunipola
18. Dan Cole
19. Courtney Lawes
20. Mark Wilson
21. Willi Heinz
22. Piers Francis
23. Joe Marchant

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