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Farrell and Ford in tandem for England against Ireland

Eddie Jones has also brought the big guns out for the World Cup warm-up.

File photo: Farrell and Ford were regular fixtures in the England back-line through Jones' first two years in charge.
File photo: Farrell and Ford were regular fixtures in the England back-line through Jones' first two years in charge.
Image: Joe Giddens

ENGLAND HEAD COACH Eddie Jones will return to the pairing of Owen Farrell and George Ford as a 10-12 axis when Ireland visit for Saturday’s World Cup warm-up fixture.

It is over a year since Jones has paired the two playmakers from the start, seeking out other centre options alongside Farrell since a summer Test loss in South Africa.

The wealth of talent is no less impressive elsewhere in the England side, with Manu Tuilagi selected outside the captain in midfield, while Elliot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga and Jonny May make up a lightning-quick back three.

Up front, Saracens duo Maro Itoje and George Kruis make up the second row while the flankers promise high levels of work-rate through Tom Curry and Sam Underhill.

Ireland would go top of the World Rugby rankings with a win in Twickenham and England have set out a side that is more than just a threat to that outcome. However, Jones insists their entire focus is on how his side are playing and shaping up ahead of their trip to Japan.

“This weekend we will be looking to gain more game fitness and testing different sorts of game strategies. We have a specific way of how we want to play and the focus is very much on ourselves.”

 England starting XV 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)
 
Finishers

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 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 42 caps)

Murray joins Bernard and Gavan with all the latest from training camp in Portugal, including a concerning update on Joey Carbery’s fitness. Plus, BBC Scotland’s Tom English explains why the Scots have a negative perception of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team.


Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud

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