Six Nations – Ireland Made One Change For England Clash


Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has made one change to the team for Saturday’s Guinness Men’s Six Nations encounter with England at Twickenham Stadium at 18:45 (SA Time).

Hugo Keenan has recovered from the knee injury that saw him miss the Wales match, so he returns at full-back with Ciarán Frawley, one of the try scorers in that last game, reverting to the replacements bench.

Peter O’Mahony captains the team for their round 4 visit to London, where a win for Farrell’s side would see them set a new Championship record of 12 consecutive victories and put them within touching distance of the title.

There is a fourth successive start for Calvin Nash on the right wing, with Keenan and James Lowe completing the back-three. Robbie Henshaw and Bundee Aki, try scorers against England last March and August respectively, continue their centre partnership.

Jack Crowley, the tournament’s third top points scorer so far with 33 points, and Jamison Gibson-Park are retained as the half-back pairing.

In the pack, Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan and Tadhg Furlong are in the front row, with Joe McCarthy and Tadhg Beirne named in the engine room. Captain O’Mahony is at blindside flanker, Josh van der Flier is at openside and Caelan Doris completes the starting XV at number eight.

The Ireland Coaching Team have selected a 6-2 split on the bench, as Ronan Kelleher, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Iain Henderson, Ryan Baird and Jack Conan provide the reinforcements in the pack.

Backs Conor Murray and Ciaran Frawley complete Ireland’s Match Day 23 to face England.

Ireland: 15. Hugo Keenan, 14. Calvin Nash, 13. Robbie Henshaw, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. James Lowe, 10. Jack Crowley, 9. Jamison Gibson-Park, 1. Andrew Porter, 2. Dan Sheehan, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Joe McCarthy, 5. Tadhg Beirne, 6. Peter O’Mahony, 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Caelan Doris. Replacements: 16. Ronan Kelleher, 17. Cian Healy, 18. Finlay Bealham, 19. Iain Henderson, 20. Ryan Baird, 21. Jack Conan, 22. Conor Murray, 23. Ciaran Frawley.