Steve Borthwick 7th March 2024

Six Nations: England v Ireland Preview

England welcome reigning champions Ireland to Twickenham on Saturday afternoon as they look to emerge with what would be a statement victory.

Steve Borthwick’s England are set to welcome Andy Farrell’s Ireland to Twickenham for their penultimate game of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations. This contest between England and the Six Nations’ reigning Champions is set to be enthralling, and the game will be played on Saturday, 9th March 2024, with the game getting underway at 16:45 that afternoon.

The home side will be looking to put the Scotland defeat behind them and secure what would be a famous and statement win over Ireland. Ireland are looking to retain the title, and if they did so, they would be the first since England in 2016 and 2017 to win two consecutive Six Nations Championships.

England have been amongst the teams trying to stop Farrell’s side from doing so, and Borthwick’s side currently sits third in the table with 8 points. Scotland are in second with 9 points, whilst Ireland sit at the summit with no less than 15 points.

If this doesn’t make this challenge difficult enough, Ireland has so far won all three of their games at the current Six Nations Championship. England will be the latest team to attempt to be the first team to beat Farrell’s side in the current tournament. If England had beaten Scotland, then Borthwick’s side would also have had a 100% record coming into this game.

England and Ireland played against each other competitively for the first time on 15th February 1875 at London’s The Oval in front of a 3,000-strong crowd – England won it. England won all but one of their first 12 encounters between 1875 and 1886, with the other game ending in a draw. Ireland’s first win over England came at the 1887 Home Nations Championship at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on 5th February of that year.

Fast forward to the 19th August 2023, and this was the most recent competitive meeting between these two rival nations. It was at the 2023 edition of the Guinness Six Nations, and it saw Ireland emerge as 29 – 16 winners at the Aviva Stadium. England’s last win against Ireland was in the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup, where they ran out as 18 – 7 winners.

Overall, England and Ireland have come face to face competitively on no less than 141 occasions, with England winning the most to date with 80 victories compared to Ireland’s 53. There have been just 8 draws to date between these two nations.

Steve Borthwick and Andy Farrell announced their teams to play at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Below are the confirmed Starting XV and Replacements for both England and Ireland. The game this weekend could see Scrum-Half Danny Care earn his 100th Cap for his country.

Team News

England Starting XV: 15 George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 7 Caps), 14 Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (Exeter Chiefs, 3 Caps), 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 60 Caps), 12 Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 21 Caps), 11 Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 7 Caps), 10 George Ford (Vice Captain, Sale Sharks, 94 Caps), 9 Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 13 Caps)) 1 Ellis Genge (Vice Captain, Bristol Bears, 60 Caps), 2 Jamie George (Captain, Saracens, 88 Caps), 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 110 Caps), 4 Maro Itoje (Vice Captain, Saracens, 79 Caps), 5 George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 9 Caps), 6 Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 21 Caps), 7 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 33 Caps) and 8 Ben Earl (Saracens, 28 Caps).

Replacements: 16 Theo Dan (Saracens, 10 Caps), 17 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 91 Caps), 18 Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 36 Caps), 19 Chandler Cunningham-South (Harlequins, 3 Caps), 20 Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 15 Caps), 21 Danny Care (Harlequins, 99 Caps), 22 Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 30 Caps) and 23 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 67 Caps).

Ireland Starting XV: 15 Hugo Keenan (Leinster, 38 Caps), 14 Calvin Nash (Munster, 4 Caps), 13 Robbie Henshaw (Leinster, 70 Caps), 12 Bundee Aki (Connacht, 54 Caps), 11 James Lowe (Leinster, 29 Caps), 10 Jack Crowley (Munster, 12 Caps), 9 Jamison Gibson-Park (Leinster, 33 Caps), 1 Andrew Porter (Leinster, 62 Caps), 2 Dan Sheehan (Leinster, 24 Caps), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Leinster, 74 Caps), 4 Joe McCarthy (Leinster, 8 Caps), 5 Tadhg Beirne (Munster, 48 Caps), 6 Peter O’Mahony (Captain, Munster, 103 Caps), 7 Josh van der Flier (Leinster, 60 Caps) and 8 Caelan Doris (Leinster, 39 Caps).

Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher (Leinster, 29 Caps), 17 Cian Healy (Leinster, 127 Caps), 18 Finlay Bealham (Connacht, 38 Caps), 19 Iain Henderson (Ulster, 80 Caps), 20 Ryan Baird (Leinster, 18 Caps), 21 Jack Conan (Leinster, 18 Caps), 22 Conor Murray (Munster, 114 Caps), and 23 Ciaran Frawley (Leinster, 3 Caps).

England Head Coach Steve Borthwick had this to say about his team selection (via England Rugby’s Official Website): “As always, we’ve selected what we think is our strongest 23 to leave us best placed to win the game. Ireland are without doubt currently one of the best teams in the world, and we’ll have to be at our very best against them on Saturday. We’ve prepared well for what will be another classic Six Nations game at Twickenham.

“I’d like to pay special tribute to Danny Care who will win his 100th cap at Twickenham on Saturday. Danny has been a tremendous servant to English rugby and reaching this milestone is an incredible achievement. He’s a wonderful player and someone who always puts the team first. I’m sure Saturday will an emotional and memorable day for Danny and his family, and the team couldn’t be prouder of his accomplishment.”

Excitement and anticipation are building ahead of this blockbuster match at the 2024 Guinness Six Nations between rivals England and Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday, 9th March 2024, in a 16:45 Kick-Off.

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