Jonathan Joseph set for shock position switch

Eddie Jones names his England team to face Ireland at 11am.

But, according to Mail Online rugby correspondent Nik Simon, there will be one major shock with Jonathan Joseph set to start on the wing due to an injury to George Furbank, which sees Elliot Daly move to fullback.

Meanwhile, Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs are set to return to England’s starting XV for Sunday’s pivotal Six Nations showdown.

Tuilagi is likely to be included in the wider midfield channel, rather than at inside centre, even though Henry Slade is back in selection contention after injury. 

Jones has retained 27 players ahead of the match at Twickenham.

“He’s good,” Jones said when asked about Tuilagi’s fitness. “(He) trained fully today so he should be in contention for selection. It’s good to have a quality player back.”

England prop Mako Vunipola is not in the squad after he travelled back to Tonga for family reasons but Jones said his team would cope.

“He’s a quality player but we’re lucky we’re blessed with two outstanding loosehead props in Joe Marler and Ellis Genge,” Jones added. “We can certainly cover the loss of Mako but it is disappointing to lose him.”

ENGLAND SQUAD PARTNERS

1. George Ford – Jess Portman 

Michelle Keegan lookalike Jessica Portman is a fashion promotion student and has been with the England fly-half for over three years and they’re now engaged.


2. Jack Nowell – Zoe Ann Pearce

Possibly the cutest couple in rugby share an equally adorable daughter called Nora.

CONTINUES ON PAGE 2