Jones Names England Side For Ireland Clash


Maro Itoje will make his full England debut in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations showdown with Ireland at Twickenham.

Itoje is promoted to the starting XV for his second cap after Joe Launchbury was ruled out of the contest against the champions by a hamstring problem, with Courtney Lawes supplying second-row cover from the bench.

“Joe Launchbury is unlucky to miss out through injury. Maro Itoje is selected as a result and we’re pleased for him,” head coach Eddie Jones said.

Elliot Daly makes his first appearance in England’s match day 22 and joins Vunipola on the bench. The uncapped Wasps centre has benefited from the concussion sustained by Ollie Devoto and could make his debut in the second half against Joe Schmidt’s injury-hit team.

England (v Ireland)

15.Mike Brown
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Owen Farrell
11. Jack Nowell
10. George Ford
9. Ben Youngs

1. Joe Marler
2. Dylan Hartley (c)
3. Dan Cole
4. Maro Itoje
5. George Kruis
6. Chris Robshaw
7. James Haskell
8. Billy Vunipola


16. Jamie George
17. Mako Vunipola
18. Paul Hill
19. Courtney Lawes
20. Jack Clifford
21. Danny Care
22. Elliot Daly
23. Alex Goode

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