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Jones names England team to play Ireland

Jones names England team to play Ireland

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has named his squad to play Ireland as part of the Quilter Internationals on Saturday at Twickenham Stadium, KO 3pm live on Sky Sports.

A different selection strategy for the weekend will see a number of changes to the starting XV who faced Wales in Cardiff last weekend.

Saracens star Owen Farrell (inside centre) returns to captain the side, while Manu Tuilagi (outside centre) and Ben Youngs (scrum half) of Leicester Tigers start their first match this series.

Jonny May – also of Leicester – will make his first appearance this season on the left wing, with Bath Rugby’s Joe Cokanasiga switching to the right wing.

Jamie George of Saracens joins Harlequins pair Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler in the front row. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) and Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby) return from injury to play in the back row alongside Billy Vunipola, whose Saracens’ teammates George Kruis and Maro Itoje start in the second row.

Mako Vunipola (Saracens) has been named as a finisher following his recovery from long-term injury.

Jones said: “The players have come back in a very good physical and mental state and we have had a good preparation this week. We purposefully made the week short looking ahead to the World Cup where this might happen beyond our control.

“It is the third of four games for us and come the 8th of September, when we get on the plane, we want to be ready to go. This is another step forward for us.

“This weekend we will be looking to gain more game fitness and testing different sorts of game strategies. We have a specific way of how we want to play and the focus is very much on ourselves.”

On England’s last game at Twickenham before heading to Japan, Jones added: “We have been so appreciative of the support we have had at Twickenham this year and this is our last match there before the tournament, so we look forward to playing well in front of our fans.”

England starting XV v Ireland
15 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 32 caps)
14 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 6 caps)
13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 34 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 71 caps) C
11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 45 caps)
10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 57 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 87 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 60 caps)
2 Jamie George (Saracens, 38 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 23 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 28 caps)
5 George Kruis (Saracens, 34 caps)
6 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 11 caps)
7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 9 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 43 caps)

Finishers
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 13 caps)
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 53 caps)
18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 87 caps)
19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 73 caps)
20 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons/Sale Sharks, 13 caps)
21 Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 2 caps)
22 Piers Francis (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)
23 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 42 caps)

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