Six Nations 2020: Ireland team to play England

Andy Farrell

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named the match day 23 to travel to London to take on England at Twickenham on Sunday 23rd February.

The starting XV remains unchanged from the win against Wales with captain Johnny Sexton named in the half-backs alongside Conor Murray

Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw start in the Irish midfield for a ninth Test match.

Jordan Larmour lines out at fullback with Andrew Conway and Jacob Stockdale on the wings.

Cian Healy, Rob Herring and Tadhg Furlong start a third consecutive test match in the front row.

Iain Henderson and James Ryan pack down in the second row. CJ Stander, Peter O’Mahony and Josh van der Flier make up the backrow combination.

Caelan Doris, who made a short lived debut against Scotland is in line to win his second cap off the bench.

He is joined in the replacements by Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter and Devin Toner, with John Cooney, Ross Byrne and Keith Earls covering the backline.

Tom O’Toole and Will Addison will return to Ulster to prepare for their Guinness PRO14 game against the Cheetahs with the rest of the non-matchday 23 remaining in camp for the team’s final training session on Friday.

Ireland Team
15. Jordan Larmour (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 23 caps
14. Andrew Conway (Garryowen/Munster) 20 caps
13. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 42 caps
12. Bundee Aki (Galwegians/Connacht) 25 caps
11. Jacob Stockdale (Lurgan/Ulster) 27 caps
10. Jonathan Sexton (St Marys College/Leinster) 90 caps CAPTAIN
9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 80 caps

1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 97 caps
2. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 10 caps
3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 43 caps
4. Iain Henderson (Academy/Ulster) 55 caps
5. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 25 caps
6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster) 66 caps
7. Josh van der Flier (UCD/Leinster) 25 caps
8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 40 caps

Replacements:
16. Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster) 2 caps
17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 38 caps
18. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 25 caps
19. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 69 caps
20. Caelan Doris (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 1 cap
21. John Cooney (Terenure College/Ulster) 10 caps
22. Ross Byrne (UCD/Leinster) 5 caps
23. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 83 caps

2 thoughts on “Six Nations 2020: Ireland team to play England

  1. Better make a comment on the Irish page, as the others here seem otherwise occupied. Anyway, difficult to have foreseen team changes, although I find if hard for Earls to have been omitted. Article in the ST relating to Ed’s biog, intimated that England beat Ireland in Dublin because Jones outfoxed Schmidt. Jones noted that Ireland at that time were kicking less, being seduced into playing attractive rugby. This was easier to defend against because England didn’t have to worry about their backfield. Ireland could only get momentum therefore through their forwards’ creation of space. Mitchell countered this with ‘D’ around the ruck. England grew in confidence, playing in short bursts, gaining their own momentum & kicking it earlier. Strat was executed brill. Seemed simple enough. I suppose it begged the unanswered question as to why this didn’t happen in the WC final then? Dunno. Kick more & you win? I suppose it could be said to have worked last Sun, couldn’t it? Maybe Farrell Snr & Ireland’s 1/2’s will have read Ed’s biog & will mix it up a bit at Twickers. Who knows? Well,probably the aforementioned actually, but will it make a difference to the ultimate outcome? Maybe, but at home, just can’t quite Ireland having more up front firepower than England. Whatever happens, whichever team controls the breakdown sufficiently should clinch it. England by 10?

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    1. Pretty strong Ireland side and they seem
      to be enjoying there rugby . This will be a cracker Irelands bench may give them the edge

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