Wednesday 16 August 2017

Ireland will be in strange surrounds at Twickenham tomorrow

Ireland players, from left, Kevin Maggs, Anthony Foley, Keith Gleeson, Simon Easterby, Paul O'Connell and Malcolm O'Kelly celebrate in the dressing room after victory over England in the RBS 6 Nations Championship in 2004 at Twickenham. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Ireland players, from left, Kevin Maggs, Anthony Foley, Keith Gleeson, Simon Easterby, Paul O'Connell and Malcolm O'Kelly celebrate in the dressing room after victory over England in the RBS 6 Nations Championship in 2004 at Twickenham. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

England have opted to take the away dressing room at Twickenham for Saturday's clash with Ireland in preparation for their World Cup opener against Fiji.

The tournament hosts must wear their red alternate kit and have been designated the visitors' changing room for the September 18 showdown against the Fijians, who also wear white, after losing a coin toss overseen by World Rugby last year.

As a result, head coach Stuart Lancaster has requested that his players use their final World Cup warm-up match against Ireland to familiarise themselves with the away dressing room.

England will wear their traditional white jersey for the remaining Pool A matches against Wales, Australia and Uruguay, although they will occupy the visitors' changing room against the Wallabies.

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