Will Greenwood Picks His Combined England & Ireland XV

Combined.

The excitement is already building as two of rugby’s oldest rivals get set to kickstart their Six Nations campaigns with a bang when Ireland and England lock horns at the Aviva Stadium next month.

Both coaches have already named their squads, and of course England head coach Eddie Jones has already begun his mind games ahead of the hugely anticipated clash.

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Ireland are overwhelming favourites having dismantled England in Twickenham last year on the way to a famous Grand Slam. But just how far ahead of England are Ireland right now? Quite some distance if you ask Will Greenwood.

The World Cup-winning former England centre was asked to pick a combined England and Ireland XV this week on hid podcast, and his answer was pretty remarkable. No fewer than 12 Irishmen make his XV.

Will Greenwood’s Combined England & Ireland XV

15. Rob Kearney
14. Jonny May
13. Garry Ringrose
12. Ben Te’o
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Johnny Sexton
9. Conor Murray

1. Cian Healy
2. Rory Best
3. Tadhg Furlong
4. Maro Itoje
5. James Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony
7. Josh van der Flier
8. CJ Stander