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Ireland v England - 6 Nations 2019

By RugbyFan
February 1 2019

Well here we go again.  England start their Six Nations Campaign in Dublin and let's face it, nothing gets tougher than an opening match in Dublin against a tails up Ireland squad.    


England forwards coach Steve Borthwick speaks to the players during the captain's run at the UCD Bowl Dublin


Guiness Six Nations Championship 2019

Ireland v England

Aviva Stadium - Saturday 2nd February - Kick Off 1645 local time GMT


England are not favourites to win this match if you go by the statistics of the last 10 games.  Ireland having won 6 and England only 4 since 2009.  The most recent Irish win was 2018: Ireland won 24-15 at Twickenham.   So call me a doom and gloom merchant but I really don't fancy our chances in Dublin.  I do hope I am wrong but we shall see.

We have had the usual 'brick-bats' from Eddie:-

 No one thinks we can win' claims England head coach Eddie Jones

Ireland must shoulder burden of being best team in the world, says Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones ready for street fight in Six Nations opener with Ireland

 And so it goes on......... 


England's Elliot Daly (left) and captain Owen Farrell during the captain's 

My money is on Elliot Daly to shine for England  this weekend, can't put it down to knowing -  just a gut feeling.  Regardless of all the hype I am looking forward to this match as this will give us the bench mark for the months to come on the build up to the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.   I still don't think we will win but I am looking forward to a good game of rugby.   

And  a bit like the 'Irish Backstop' it is going to be tough to negotiate a way through for a win!!  Sorry just could not resist that barb ( ok I will get my coat now)  

Good Luck England and play well 


Ireland: 15 Robbie Henshaw, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahoney, 5 James Ryan, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best Captain, 1 Cian Healy.

Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 Sean O’Brien, 21 John Cooney, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour.


England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 Owen Farrell Captain, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.

Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Dan Robson, 22 George Ford, 23 Chris Ashton.

 Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)

Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)



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