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England Have Named Their 23 For Ireland Clash

England Have Named Their 23 For Ireland Clash
By Conor O'Leary
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It's not the first time this Six Nations, but Ireland will have a little less guesswork than normal after Eddie Jones named his 23-man England squad for the Ireland game.

Unlike Gatland attempting mind-games by naming his team to face Ireland the year before, Jones is ham-stringed by an agreement between the RFU and the Premiership where he is required to name his intended match day 23 so that the other players in the squad can play for their clubs.

To be clear, Jones hasn't named a starting line-up, but all 23 players named in the squad will be involved on Saturday. The big news is that the talented Elliot Daly is included for the first time, with Northampton lock Courtney Lawes among those who misses out.

There's unlikely to be too many changes from the team that faced Scotland in the first game, with the main questions remaining being whether Daly comes straight in, or which scrumhalf will start. Did Maro Itoje do enough to earn his first start, and will George Ford and Owen Farrell continue playing together.

Predicted England Team To Face Ireland

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15. Mike Brown
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Owen Farrell
11. Jack Nowell
10. George Ford
9. Danny Care
1. Joe Marler
2. Dylan Hartley
3. Dan Cole
4. Joe Launchbury
5. George Kruis
6. Chris Robshaw
7. James Haskell
8. Billy Vunipola

Replacements:

16. Jamie George
17. Mako Vunipola
18. Paul Hill
19. Maro Itoje
20. Jack Clifford
21. Ben Youngs
22. Alex Goode
23. Elliott Daly

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See Also: Matt Williams Has An Extremely 'Frightening' Stat For Joe Schmidt And Irish Rugby

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