Six Nations 2017: England team to play Ireland

Six Nations 2017: England team to play Ireland

Eddie Jones has named his side for England’s final match of the RBS 6 Nations against Ireland at Aviva Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 5pm, live on ITV).

There are two changes to the starting XV that beat Scotland in last weekend’s Calcutta Cup as England retained their RBS 6 Nations title and maintained their unbeaten run in the Championship.

Billy Vunipola (Saracens) starts at number 8 having come off the bench against Scotland and in the back line Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) is named on the right wing.


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Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) and Nathan Hughes (Wasps) are the only changes to the bench.

Saturday’s match will see 30-year old back-row forward Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) win his 50th cap for England having made his debut against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in 2011.

England starting XV
15. Mike Brown (vice captain, Harlequins, 59 caps), 14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 25 caps), 13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 32 caps), 12. Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens, 51 caps), 11. Elliot Daly (Wasps, 12 caps), 10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 34 caps), 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 69 caps), 1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 50 caps), 2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 83 caps), 3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 73 caps), 4. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 41 caps), 5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 57 caps), 6. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 11 caps), 7. James Haskell (Wasps, 74 caps) , 8. Billy Vunipola (vice captain, Saracens 33 caps).
Finishers
16. Jamie George (Saracens, 16 caps), 17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 41 caps), 18. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 7 caps), 19. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 49 caps), 20. Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 7 caps), 21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 70 caps), 22. Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors, 7 caps), 23. Jack Nowell  (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps).
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