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Ireland could be in for another tough day at Twickenham

Ruaidhri O'Connor

England have the cohesion, power and bench impact to cause Farrell’s new-look side all sorts of problems


Owen Farrell of England

Owen Farrell of England

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Ireland  fly-half Ross Byrne. Photo Credit: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ireland fly-half Ross Byrne. Photo Credit: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland


Owen Farrell of England

Of all the fixtures on Andy Farrell's schedule, this one matters the most.

It's personal for the former England international who once felt the breadth of 80,000 fans singing 'The Chariot' on his neck, the coach who was part of the disastrous Twickenham defeats at the 2015 World Cup and shown the door afterwards and the father whose son captains the opposition who have lorded it over his team in the last three meetings between the teams.

In public, the hard-nosed professional will stick to the script and focus on the process but inside he must be desperate to see his team perform today.