RECAP: England v Ireland
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to the World Cup warm-up match between England and Ireland in London.
With just under a month to go until the World Cup, England and Ireland are stepping up their preparations when they face-off at Twickenham on Saturday.
The significance of the match should not be downplayed.
2019: England won 32-20, Dublin
2018: Ireland won 24-15, London
2017: Ireland won 13-9, Dublin
2016: England won 21-10, London
2015: England won 21-13, London
2015: Ireland won 19-9, Dublin
2014: England won 13-10, London
2013: England 12-6, Dublin
2012: England won 30-9, London
2011: England won 20-9, Dublin
Prediction: England beat Ireland 32-20 during the opening weekend of this year’s Six Nations. Ireland will no doubt be looking to avenge that defeat. England and Ireland have contested a total of 134 rugby Test matches since their first meeting in 1875. England has won 77 of those matches, whilst Ireland has won 49 matches. There have also been eight drawn matches between the two teams. At Twickenham England will always be short-odds favourites and we see them winning by 10 points or less.
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England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Jonathan Joseph.
Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Jordan Larmour, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Jean Kleyn, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Tadhg Beirne, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Jack Carty, 23 Andrew Conway.
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Alex Ruiz (France)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France)