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Six Nations 2020: England Squad for Ireland

Eddie Jones has named a 33-man training squad preparing for the Ireland game on Sunday. Mako Vunipola is not included as he has travelled back to Tonga for family reasons.

Eddie Jones has named a 33-man training squad preparing for the Ireland game on Sunday. Mako Vunipola is not included as he has travelled back to Tonga for family reasons.

How do you think England will line up?

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)
Beno Obano (Bath Rugby)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

Elliot Daly (Saracens)
Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs)
Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
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)
Jacob Umaga (Wasps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Apprentice player
Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)

22 replies on “Six Nations 2020: England Squad for Ireland”

Mako returned to Tonga for “family reasons”.
Maybe a start for Genge then?

And looks like we could start a first choice midfield if we (eddie) wants to! My preference is definitely Manu and Slade.

Also, I was really impressed with Ben Earl when he came on. Not seen him play much but he looks incredibly explosive!

Good to see Slade back who I’d give at least half a game. Maybe Thorley might get a look in at 11 or is it 14? More threat required against Ireland methinks.


The weather forecast for Sunday is mild and dry so we may actually see some running Rugby!
I’d start Marler against Furlong. i’d also swap Curry to 6 and bring Earl in at 8. Earl’s no giant but he is dynamic and might just bring something less turgid to the back row.
The other big issue; just how fit are Slade and Manu? it’s not a game for risking “ninety percenters”, especially with Tuilagi’s record of fragility.


I would far rather have a slightly sub par Manu or Slade than Jj who has regularly been anonymous to downright awful against Ireland. 2 years ago Jones subbed him early as he was so terrible and he was completely anonymous in Dublin the year before. Please please can we see someone else playing g 13!
I don’t know why people ignore the very many times Jj has been utterly anonymous in the last few years. His distribution is regularly poor. Pity Marchant isn’t available.


I agree. I wasn’t making a case for JJ’s inclusion.
The real issue is Jones obstinacy again. Devoto has had about five minutes game time and although I wouldn’t sling him in from the start against ireland, he has to get at least half an hour at some point?
I also look forward to Marchant’s return from overseas and hope he gets the chance to show his abilities.

The 1 cap he got Marchant looked good. Jj is not the right player to line up against Ireland; Jake comments on Slade’s defence but it’s generally been pretty good and he is infinitely superior as a distributor to the outside backs as well as with the boot. Every now and then Jj throws in a decent game but these are book marked by a ton of mediocrity. He scarcely ever makes a clean break and often takes the wrong option.


Slade’s defense has improved. He still falls off tackles too easily at times. More importantly, I don’t like the match up for Sunday against a firing Henshaw when Slade isnt 100%. I too would rather Ford/Farrell-Tui-Slade but only if theyre all fit.


Much underrated player. His age probably goes against him now but for a small bloke he punches well above his weight and his footwork is tremendous.

I’m not sure a half-fit Slade is the best option here. Henshaw was battering Tompkins in the Wales v Ireland match and I wouldn’t back Slade to contain that. JJ is a solid defender and, given the right circumstances, can be effective in attack. The first two games were not conducive to this so I’d give him a chance. Games played 2-3 years ago are irrelevant – see Daly goodwill from Lion’s argument.

Yeah played well, different sort of ball carrier but is very effective.
1st game in 4 months though so maybe one for the Wales game in 3 weeks?

Expect more of the same vs Ireland then maybe a bit of tinkering on the bench
Marler, George, Sinkler, Itoje, Kruis, Ludlam, Underhill, Curry, Youngs, Ford, May, Farrell, Tuilagi, Daly, Furbank
Dunn, Genge, Stuart, Lawes, Earl, Heinz, Slade, Thorley

Think you’re right here Leon.
I don’t think Slade will be risked to start but maybe in the latter stages.
Ireland back-row turned up v Wales though I expect we’ll see Calen Doren (?) return from injury. Not sure what he brings but I think a mobile back-row will be important for England. We could see the 6-2 bench balance again.


Team to play Ireland? So MV’s out. Marker in?

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

‘May start Marler if MV’s jaded, but don’t think so. Would have also started Tui but may not be 100% & don’t see Jones changing the rest. Slade, Devoto? Don’t see their starting as Slade’s just back from injury, so similar sit to Tui & Devoto’s too much of an untried risk for Jones in this must win. Watson’s also out, hence Furbank to continue. As no new 1/2, Youngs likely to restart. He didn’t kick out on the full’.

This is the team I think may play, rather than ought to play.

Midfield is trickist as none of us knows how match fit Tui, Slade are. If Tui is fully fit, then he’ll likely start outside Farrell. Otherwise the team mostly picks itself, gauging Jones’ past preferences.


McGeechan reckons that Ireland, France, Wales, Scotland are now getting the ball wide more often as a change in NH rugby philosophy. More emphasis on 10’s spreading it with midfields & back rows becoming more influential to this end. Maybe down to SH coaching influence? Also to Japanese, NZ style of play. Is this why Jones wants 3 7’s on the field? IM also states however, yet to see England do likewise, so expects more of same as last Sunday, next Sunday. We’ll see.

I think we are really lacking a heavy carrier in the back row; although I thought Curry did a good job v Scotland, I would prefer Dombrandt or Morgan there. Too much pressure on Sink and Tui and they will just be doubled up on early as there is no real 1st phase carrying threat anywhere else.


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