England can put one step in the Autumn Nations Cup final with victory over Ireland this Saturday, but Andy Farrell’s side will be determined to end a three-game losing streak against their Six Nations rivals.
The two sides collide at Twickenham this weekend in the second round of fixtures in the one-off tournament, which sees the only remaining unbeaten teams in Group A go head-to-head.
England thrashed Georgia 40-0 last weekend while Ireland delivered a dominant performance to beat Wales 32-9 in Dublin, putting Eddie Jones’s side one point ahead of the Irish as they were able to secure a bonus point.
The Australian made four changes to his England side in what he called the “strongest team available” for this week’s encounter, with Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler returning in the front row and Tom Curry and Sam Underhill recalled at flanker.
But Ireland have been forced into changes with captain Johnny Sexton ruled out with a hamstring strain, meaning James Ryan leads the side from the start for the first time and Ross Byrne is named at fly-half. The remaining changes sees CJ Stander start at blindside flanker, Bundee Aki return at centre and Keith Earls come in to the side on the wing.
Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s match.
When is the match?
England vs Ireland takes place at Twickenham on Saturday 21 November 2020.
What time does it start?
The match kicks off at 3pm GMT.
How can I watch it?
Amazon Prime have bought the rights to the majority of the Autumn Nations Cup, with the paid subscription service set to show 14 of the 16 games throughout the tournament.
The match will be shown live on Amazon Prime from 2pm.
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Is it on TV?
Yes. Channel 4 have the rights for Ireland’s three games this autumn, with the two home matches shown exclusively and the trip to Twickenham to face England shared with Amazon Prime.
Coverage will be shown on Channel 4 from 2:15pm.
Highlights will be shown on Channel 4 at 11pm on Sunday 22 November.
England: Elliot Daly; Jonathan Joseph, Ollie Lawrence, Henry Slade, Jonny May; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury; Tom Curry, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Tom Dunn, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, Jonny Hill, Ben Earl, Dan Robson, George Ford, Max Malins.
Ireland: Hugo Keenan; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, James Lowe;Ross Byrne, Jamison Gibson-Park; Cian Healy, Ronan Kelleher, Andrew Porter; Quinn Roux, James Ryan; CJ Stander, Peter O’Mahony, Caelan Doris.
Replacements: Rob Herring, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Iain Henderson, Will Connors, Conor Murray, Billy Burns, Jacob Stockdale.
England to win: 2/9
Ireland to win: 5/1
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