Both teams opened up their Autumn Nations Cup campaigns with a win last weekend

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What is it?

England take on Ireland at Twickenham in both sides’ second match of the newly formed Autumn Nations Cup.

When is it?

Saturday, November 21.

What time is kick-off?

The match will start at 3pm.

What TV channel is it on?

Amazon Prime, who are the lead broadcasters of the tournament, and Channel 4.

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What is the team news?

England

George Ford will make his comeback from an Achilles injury after being named on the bench by England for Saturday’s clash at Twickenham.

Ford missed the recent wins over Italy and Georgia to undergo treatment on the long-standing issue and – having been restored to full fitness – head coach Eddie Jones has selected him as fly-half cover.

Owen Farrell continues as chief playmaker amid an unchanged backline following a 40-0 rout of Los Lelos that has placed England at the top of Group A with pivotal matches against Ireland and Wales to come.

Powerful centre Ollie Lawrence is given another chance to bring ball-carrying muscle to the midfield alongside Henry Slade.

Autumn Nations Cup: England team to face Ireland

 

Ireland

Fly-half Ross Byrne will make his first Ireland start since August 2019, while Jamison Gibson-Park retains the scrum-half role ahead of Conor Murray.

Head coach Andy Farrell has made four changes to his starting XV for the Autumn Nations Cup game in London.

Byrne, whose only previous start came in a 57-15 drubbing at Twickenham before last year’s World Cup, has been given the nod to replace injured captain Johnny Sexton and win his ninth cap in preference to fellow international rookie Billy Burns.

Long-serving half-back Murray must again be content with a place on the bench after New Zealand-born Gibson-Park impressed in Friday’s 32-9 victory over Wales.

Centre Bundee Aki replaces the injured Robbie Henshaw in midfield, with flanker CJ Stander and winger Keith Earls the other men recalled by Farrell.

Lock James Ryan has been confirmed as stand-in captain after veteran Sexton was ruled out with a hamstring problem sustained against the Welsh.

Meanwhile, Bath-born Burns, who represented England at under-20 level, has been named among the replacements against the country of his birth having made his debut from the bench last time out.

Autumn Nations Cup: Ireland team to face England

What have we said about the teams?

Deputy rugby union correspondent Dan Schofield has been looking into the hunt for players, as 10 former England U20 stars have now represented another Six Nations country at senior level.

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What are the odds?

  • England win – 1/4
  • Ireland win – 4/1
  • Draw – 28/1

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What’s our prediction?

Although Ireland come into this one on the back of a disciplined, efficient victory over Wales, they have not been able to trouble England for some time.

Eddie Jones’ side are unbeaten in the their last three outings against Ireland, a run that does not look like ending this weekend, especially with the return of George Ford to help smooth out England’s attack.

England 26 Ireland 15

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