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Andy Farrell Names Team For Crunch England Tie

Andy Farrell Names Team For Crunch England Tie

Andy Farrell has named an unchanged team ahead of Ireland's huge clash with England at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon.

Farrell, who is coming up against his home country for the first time as an international coach, keeps faith in the same XV that impressively defeated Wales at the Aviva Stadium two weeks ago.

Peter O'Mahony and Robbie Henshaw retain their place in the side after a strong showing against the Welsh. Both came in as enforced replacements after injuries to Caelen Doris and Garry Ringrose in the opening round win over Scotland.

Leinster #8 Doris was forced off with a head injury just minutes into his Ireland debut, while Garry Ringrose succumbed to a hand injury later in the half.

Doris makes an encouraging return to the bench in the only change to the matchday squad with fellow Leinster number 8 Max Deegan missing out.

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Jordan Larmour, Jacob Stockdale and Andrew Conway make up a promising back three yet again. Conway is making just his third start in his Six Nations career.

Captain Johnny Sexton edges closer to his 100th international cap as he is set to win his 91st in an Irish jersey on Sunday, while halfback partner Conor Murray will make his 81st.

Ireland head to Twickenham for the first time since that chastening 57-15 defeat in a World Cup warm-up last autumn. England also eased to a convincing triumph in their last Six Nations encounter, running out 32-20 winners on the opening day of last season's Six Nations

Farrell will be hoping his side can emulate the grandslam-winning class of 2018 who beat England 24-15 at Twickenham on the final day of the championship - their first win at the famous ground in eight years.

Ireland can claim the Triple Crown with victory on Sunday and currently sit four points ahead of their closest rivals.

 

See also: Paul O'Connell Believes England Will Beat Ireland This Weekend

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