Ireland Team Named For Grand Slam Showdown With England

Tanya Simon
March 16, 2018

Eddie Jones has dropped fly-half George Ford for England's final Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday at Twickenham.

Wales know that victory against France in Cardiff on Saturday evening should be enough to secure second place in this year's championship - ahead of England.

Here, we look at where England's forwards must improve, and how Ireland will look to exploit their opponent's weaknesses...

"And Jared Payne played his only game of the Six Nations". England have never finished that low in the 18-year history of the Six Nations with their last such placing coming as far back as 1983.

"It's about doing your work during the week, knowing your stuff, and as many people that do that gets us closer to flawless game, if that's possible".

In contrast, Italy won't be measuring progression, but will rather be looking to break a 16-match match losing streak in the Six Nations. Able to mix their kicking and running games, England will need to be alert to the different threats they pose.

The quality of these players is high and young Jacob Stockdale is a key example of that. Danny Care, 22. George Ford, 23.

This showdown has all the makings of a classic.

"Even Alex Ferguson said 'you want to put all those good things together and then you just need an ounce of luck when it comes to those really big games, '" said Schmidt.

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Jones stated that England had one of their best-ever Global Positioning System returns from Wednesday's training session to counter claims that the team has been flogged and is underperforming as a result. Owen Farrell, 9. Richard Wigglesworth; 1.

He relishes the chance not only to make amends for recent failings but, more notably, to show the character and status of his team.

IRELAND: Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Peter O'Mahony, Dan Leavy, CJ Stander.

Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, A Porter, D Toner, J Murphy; K Marmion, J Carbery, J Larmour.

Wales lead France and England by a single point in the standings. So it's this little s*** place that has got three million people.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has made several changes, but his most notable inclusion is that of Dan Biggar at flyhalf.

Aki probably shades this contest in terms of form, but this will be Te'o's first opportunity to start at 12 in the championship, a position he performed so well in for the British and Irish Lions in the summer.

Centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been named France captain in the injury-enforced absence of Toulon teammate Guilhem Guirado, while Bernard le Roux is back in the match-day squad. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Maro Itoje, 5 George Kruis, 6.

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