Brian O’Driscoll picks the two England players that can worry Ireland

Brian O’Driscoll has picked what he believes to be the England centre partnership most likely to worry Ireland in their Six Nations opener on Saturday.

“If we can see Manu getting back to his best for England – combine that with Henry Slade, and what we’ve seen him do in Europe this season.

“His footwork can really cause defences problems and he can act in that second receiver role.”

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“His footwork can really cause defences problems and he can act in that second receiver role.”

O’Driscoll – who played with Tuilagi for the British & Irish Lions – has witnessed first hand the danger the Samoan-born centre can cause.

“Manu gives you go forward and Slade can pull strings as a second receiver. Eddie hasn’t been able to look at that combination due to Manu’s injuries,” said the Ireland great.

“Either way it’s going to be exciting from a neutral point of view.”

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