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Billy Vunipola and Anthony Watson in as Eddie Jones names England team to face Ireland
The visitors are aiming to complete a Grand Slam in Dublin.

EDDIE JONES HAS made two changes to his side ahead of Saturday’s tournament finale against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola starts at number eight, while Anthony Watson is named on the right wing.

“We’ve had a really good week’s preparation,” said head coach, Eddie Jones.

“The intensity of training has been good. It’s going to be quite an occasion in Dublin so we understand we have to be prepared emotionally, physically and mentally.

“The message to the players has been quite simple, we’re playing Ireland on Saturday and that is the only thing that counts. We are focusing on preparing well, the only thing we can control is our preparation.

“Ireland not having anything to play for means they have the courage to fail which frees them up mentally,” added Jones.

“We are a little bit vulnerable because we have already been crowned the RBS 6 Nations champions and we had a big win against Scotland, so for us it’s getting the right mind-set for the game.”

England (v Ireland):

15. Mike Brown
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Owen Farrell
11. Elliot Daly
10. George Ford
9. Ben Youngs

1. Joe Marler
2. Dylan Hartley (captain)
3. Dan Cole
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Courtney Lawes
6. Maro Itoje
7. James Haskell
8. Billy Vunipola

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16. Jamie George
17. Mako Vunipola
18. Kyle Sinckler
19. Tom Wood
20. Nathan Hughes
21. Danny Care
22. Ben Te’o
23. Jack Nowell

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