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Everything You Need To Know As Ireland Take On England At Twickenham

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Ireland take on England at Twickenham this afternoon as both sides ramp-up their preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup which begins in just a few weeks. 

Here is everything you need to know ahead of today’s clash:

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The match kicks off at 3 pm.


Twickenham, London.


Nigel Owens will be the man in the middle this afternoon after Jaco Peyper withdrew from officiating the game due to unforeseen circumstances


The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action.


This is Ireland’s second warm-up game after they previously dispatched the challenge of Italy 29-10 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin two weeks ago.

This is England’s third warm-up game – they beat Wales 33-19 at Twickenham two weeks ago before suffering a 13-6 defeat to the same opposition last weekend in Cardiff.


Ireland have named a close to full-strength side which sees Ross Byrne earn his third cap as he starts at out-half.

Ireland Team v England

15.Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 90 caps
14.Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 14 caps
13.Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 21 caps
12.Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 17 caps
11.Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 19 caps
10.Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 2 caps
9.Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 72 caps

1.Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 89 caps
2.Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 117 caps
3.Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 33 caps
4.Iain Henderson (Queens University/Ulster) 45 caps
5.Jean Kleyn (Munster) 1 cap
6.Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 57 caps
7.Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 17 caps
8.CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 31 caps


16.Sean Cronin (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 68 caps
17.Jack McGrath (St Marys College/Leinster) 55 caps
18.Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 15 caps
19.Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 65 caps
20.Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 6 caps
21.Luke McGrath (UCD/Leinster) 11 caps
22.Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 4 caps
23. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 13 caps

England, meanwhile, have named a strong team also which sees George Ford and Owen Farrell form a 10-12 axis.

Eddie Jones’ side have been forced into a late change with Jonathan Joseph ruled out with muscle soreness. Joe Marchant takes his place on the bench.

England Team 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)


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 Joe Marchant

What’s At Stake? 

Well, Ireland will be looking to produce a strong performance to build momentum ahead of the World Cup and England provide the perfect test to see where exactly Schmidt’s side are at.

If Ireland win, they will become the number one side in the world with both Wales and New Zealand having no games this weekend.

If England win, they will rise to fourth in the world and if they win by more than 15 points, they will overtake Ireland in third.

Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email or on Twitter

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