Sunday 15 September 2019

England v Ireland, Rugby World Cup warm-up: Everything you need to know about the Twickenham clash

Eddie Jones and Joe Schmidt
Eddie Jones and Joe Schmidt

Harry Clarke

Joe Schmidt's Ireland continue their World Cup preparations this weekend with a warm-up clash against England in Twickenham. Here is everything you need to know.

What time is kick-off and where is it being played?

The match starts at 3pm in Twickenham.

What are the TV details?

Coverage kicks off on Sky Sports Action at 2pm and you can also tune in on Sky Sports Main Event from 3pm. And, as always, keep up to date with our live blog on

What are the teams?

IRELAND: R Kearney, J Larmour, G Ringrose, B Aki, J Stockdale, R Byrne, C Murray; C Healy, R Best, T Furlong, J Kleyn, I Henderson, P O'Mahony, J van der Flier, CJ Stander.

Subs: S Cronin, J McGrath, A Porter, D Toner, T Beirne, L McGrath, J Carty, A Conway.

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England: Elliot Daly; Joe Cokanasiga, Manu Tuilagi, Owen Farrell, Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, George Kruis; Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes, Mark Wilson, Willi Heinz, Piers Francis, Jonathan Joseph.

What are the odds:

England: 1/3

Ireland: 5/2

Draw: 25/1

Pre-match listening?

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What are the bosses saying?


"Every game is a new day. We've just seen that in recent times," he said referencing New Zealand's reversal of their record defeat of Australia and Wales' victory over England.

"We've seen those swap-arounds, that demonstrates just how different every day can be in a Test match.

"You've got Scotland playing France at the weekend and I wouldn't be surprised if that swung.

"Each week, as we get closer, I'm sure you'll see things swing a little bit with different selections, different things being trialled.

"We trialled a few things during the Six Nations because we knew how tight this little time-frame was going to be with four matches, that we didn't want to be trying to fit everything into just these four weeks.

"There's always a risk of losing confidence if you don't get a result but we would be less result-focused than process-focused.

"We'd look at what we did well, what we need to do better, and whether we win or lose we're still looking at those things and trying to make sure we do things better, as well as trying to maintain and fine-tune the things we did well.

"There's only one tournament this year that we have to go after."


"They are like the kamikaze kids, those two," Jones said about Tom Curry and Sam Underhill.

"They hit everything. Off the pitch they might be nice public schoolboys but on it they hit everything that moves. We have probably now got three sevens in that we also have Lewis Ludlam.

"That is good news for us because I see a change in the way that the game is being refereed. The tackler is being allowed to stay in the tackle, which means the ability to poach has increased.

"Curry is big enough to play six. Physically, for a 21-year-old, he is incredible. I haven't seen a player like him. He's strong, fast and he's got an aggressive attitude.

"He is not a small lad, he is not a fetcher, so this is a realistic option for us. The way the laws are being interpreted at the moment allows for a strong contest.

"Whether that changes for the World Cup, it doesn't appear to be during these warm-up games, so we want to make sure we are well-cooked to play that sort of game.

"You have just got to see what is happening; the number of kicks. Why are teams kicking the ball more? Because you can't get fast ball."

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