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Barritt back for Ireland clash

Brad Barritt returns to the England starting line-up for Saturday’s QBE International against Ireland at Twickenham Stadium (2.30pm, live on Sky Sports HD).

The Saracens centre, whose last Test was the victory over Australia in November 2014 before injury ruled him out of the Six Nations, is one of five changes to the starting line-up from Paris.

Barritt replaces Luther Burrell, Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) returns to the wing in place of Jack Nowell while Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) and Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) come in for Joe Launchbury, James Haskell and Billy Vunipola respectively.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We are excited about this weekend and playing at home and it is another opportunity for these 23 players as we finalise our preparations for the World Cup.

“It’s great to see Brad back along with the guys that missed the Six Nations such as Ben Morgan, Joe Launchbury and Owen Farrell, who now have a Test match under their belts, and it leaves us with lots of options both starting and from the bench.

“The players know that having made the 31 is not enough and we have seen in training how determined they are to be in that squad to play Fiji in the opening game.”
 
England (v Ireland, Twickenham Stadium, 2.30pm BST, Saturday September 5, 2015)
15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 38 caps)
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 10 caps)
13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
12 Brad Barritt (Saracens, 22 caps)
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 15 caps)
10 George Ford (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 48 caps)

1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 32 caps)
2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 23 caps)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 51 caps)
4 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 39 caps)
5 Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs, 24 caps)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 37 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins, 38 caps)
8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 28 caps)
 
Replacements
16 Jamie George (Saracens, 1 cap)
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 22 caps)
18 Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints, 11 caps)
19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 23 caps)
20 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 18 caps)
21 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 22 caps)
22 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 30 caps)
23 Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby, 1 cap)

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