Elliot Daly set for England debut as Courtney Lawes drops out of squad
Wasps centre Elliot Daly is set for his England debut
Daly replaces lock Courtney Lawes in the only change from the squad that beat Italy
England have won their opening two matches and top the table
Courtney Lawes was jettisoned from the England squad on his birthday yesterday as Maro Itoje was promoted above him in the second-row ranks and may even start against Ireland on Saturday.
Eddie Jones will name his starting team on Thursday at 10am on EnglandRugby.com as England look to make it three wins from three under his stewardship.
Wasps centre Elliot Daly is now set for his England debut after being named in Eddie Jones’ 23-man squad.
The 23-year-old has played four times for England Saxons and also represented England at under-18 and under-20 level.
Daly replaces Lawes in the only change from the squad that beat Italy.
“Elliot Daly has impressed in training and is now ready to be part of the matchday 23,” Jones said.
Northampton’s experienced lock – who has won 44 Test caps to date and appeared at two World Cups – was in the first-choice XV against Italy, but has dropped out of the match-day 23 for the next round of the RBS Six Nations.
England won their opening two matches and top the table, while Ireland lost to France and drew with Wales.
Meanwhile, Ireland could also bring a debutant into midfield, with Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey in contention for a first cap if fitness-doubt Jared Payne is ruled out.
Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).
Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton Saints), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens).