Eddie Jones has named his England team to play Ireland in the Six Nations at Twickenham this weekend.
Courtney Lawes will continue to captain the side at blind side flanker. Vice-captain Tom Curry, who has completed his return to play protocols, will join at open side flanker and Sam Simmonds will be No.8.
Alex Dombrandt has rejoined the squad following a period of isolation due to a positive COVID test and is named as finisher, alongside Joe Launchbury who is in line to make his first international appearance since England’s win over France in the Autumn Nations Cup final in December 2020.
“We’ve been looking at this game as a semi-final. Ireland are the most cohesive side in the world right now and it will be a good test this weekend.
“We’ve prepared really well for this game. We did some good team togetherness work in Bristol and had a solid week of training on the pitch here.
“We are looking forward to going after them in front of a great home crowd at Twickenham. It’s been special having 82,000 supporters back in for our Six Nations games and it will be a great Test match for them.”
When is England v Ireland on TV?
England v Ireland will take place on Saturday 13th March 2022.
Check out Radio Times Six Nations TV schedule guide for the latest times and information.
What time is kick off?
England v Ireland will kick off at 4:45pm.
There’s a full slate of Six Nations games taking place this week, including Wales v France.
What TV channel is England v Ireland on?
Fans can tune in to watch the game for free live on ITV from 4:15pm.
BBC have the rights to broadcast all of England’s home matches.
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ENGLAND vs IRELAND REFEREE:
- Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
- Assistant Referee 1: Mike Adamson (SRU)
- Assistant Referee 2: Pierre Brousset (FFR)
- TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)
Raynal was born in 1981 in Perpignan, Southern France. Part of a successful Junior Perpignan team, they went on to win the French Junior Championships in 1998. However, that was the extent of Raynal’s playing career before choosing to take up the whistle.
England team to play Ireland:
ENGLAND XV 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 8 caps) 14. Max Malins (Saracens, 13 caps) 13. Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 10 caps) 12. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 46 caps) (VC) 11. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 37 caps) 10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 8 caps) 9. Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 4 caps) 1. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 34 caps) 2. Jamie George (Saracens, 64 caps) (VC) 3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 50 caps) 4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 54 caps) 5. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 29 caps) 6. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 91 caps) (C) 7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 39 caps) (VC) 8. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)
FINISHERS 16. Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 5 caps) 17. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 77 caps) 18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 18 caps) 19. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 69 caps) 20. Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 7 caps) 21. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 115 caps) 22. George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 79 caps) 23. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 55 caps)