Six Nations 2020: England Matchday Squad for Ireland

Ellis Genge

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has retained 27 players ahead of England’s next Guinness Six Nations match against Ireland on Sunday 23 February at Twickenham Stadium (KO 3pm, live on ITV).

Forwards
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby)
Ben Earl (Saracens)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)

Backs
Elliot Daly (Saracens)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

How do you think England will line up?

15 thoughts on “Six Nations 2020: England Matchday Squad for Ireland

  1. Think Dunn and Ewels will be let go in the forwards. Launchbury and JJ to travel as respective fwds/backs matchday cover. Bench will be Genge/LCD/Stuart/Ludlum/Earl/Heinz/Slade (if fit)/Thorley (though EJ is quite loyal to JJ).

  2. Already answered this question under 6N Scot v Eng whilst waiting for this article to appear.

    Since then, MV’s gone to the S Pacific, therefore he’s out, so Marler’s in? Also, seems Tui may be fit enough to start after all, so he ‘s also in?

    Marler Geo Sinckler Itoje Kruis Ludlam Underhill Curry Youngs Ford May Farrell Tui Daly Furbank

    Have to wait & see until just about before ko to know for sure though. Ah well, Eddie does like those mind games doesn’t he? Zzzzz.

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    1. I’d love to see Earls get a start and 8 and revert Curry back to his favoured position is Ludlam covering the back row from the bench, but don’t think EJ would go for it. May also see him stick Lawes back on the blindside to target Jonny Sexton.

      Reckon he will go for Farrell at 10 with Slade and Tui in the centres.

      1. Yes, well you’re a good egg, chaser, but Ed, if not quite a rotten one, is I think, quirky & occasional left field selections aside, a Neo-Con at heart. Therefore, Earls may cool his heels for a bit. Likewise, I don’t see Lawes at 6, at least not to start. As England are at home, they’ll have that rub of the green & they’ll likely have an edge in the loose I think. Therefore, although yr foresight concerning 8 & 7 makes sense to me as well & as you also venture, I don’t see Ed fixing it in the loose if he sees it as unbroken. Also, do you think he’ll do likewise with the inside backs, midfield? To drop Ford now could, I think, smack of vacillation. Also, with both Tui & Slade just back from injury, would it be a risk too far for Jones? It’s a must win for him, let alone England, so I see his going back to the past, rather than the future with yr bolder selection. Don’t mean to pour cold water & all that, but if only you’d been a Kiwi selector!? Anyway, we’ll see (again), you never quite know with The Big Lebowski dude!

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  3. Perhaps this has been discussed another time but why do England always name their team so late ? It would seem to me a good idea that if named early it would send out a positive message of intent that this is our team and we will take on all comers …

    Genuinely quite sad about the backs selection – agree that as stated elsewhere JJ is offering very little. Would love to have seen Ollie Lawrence or Ollie Devoto given a run but that would mean dropping Farrell and as we all know Eddie is more likely to pick Dombrandt than do that.

    Has anyone else seen ‘The Next Level’ series…? It would seem that Farrells only leadership phrase is to ‘step it up’ or ‘take it up another level’… the sort of vacuous nonsense you might here among 13 year olds. Much more eloquent stuff comes out of Sinkler, Underhill and Curry !

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  4. I’m actually quite worried about this game and the whole 6N in general; we seem to have regressed since the RWC in squad selection and it is hurting us. The back row and midfield is not balanced and we are deprived of the powerful carriers we need. Daley is a class player but not a FB or wing. I would prefer Eddie just put square pegs in square holes. The bench and wider squad doesn’t need all those locks, why can’t we look at players to fill problem positions instead of ones already well furnished? Maybe, in a year, Curry will be the best 8 in world and I will be proved wrong but I just don’t think we are giving ourselves the best chance we could.

  5. I agree with Stu…..I can see Ireland taking this one. Reasons being:

    1) their key players seem to have found better form, ours are either injured/missing or off form.

    2) Their back row is on heat, ours is unbalanced.

    3) Our best peformances have been when we have BV, MV and Manu all fit and firing punching holes in the gainline allowing more attacking options. When they are nullified (v SA) or not on the field (v France) we lack options and creativity. With BV/MV missing and Manu part fit(?) how will we unpick the Irish defence?

    4) Our 9,10,12 axis is simply not working

    We may be at home, but I don’t think home advantage is enough to negate the above issues.

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  6. As an aside, Ed DID drop Lud & went for Lawes again. Difficult, which now seems the norm nowadays, to fathom this selection. Surely better to have begun with the (fleetingly) incumbent Lud, then bring on CL if extra beef, line out are needed. Seems more of the same, as v France, Scotland, is the order of the day. That is R1, up the jumper & pound away like a convict with a sledgehammer? Well, it worked v the Jocks after a fashion I suppose, so why not? France, is the worrying answer to that one, but what questions can Ireland ask today? Line outs & scrums may even out, however, the breakdown could be the unknown, deciding factor. Whom will dominate there? OTOH, will England just pull out another Dubbo blinder? Mmm. Edgy one this, but home town advantage to swing it?

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