Billy Vunipola and Anthony Watson returns to England line-up for Ireland encounter

Billy Vunipola has been recalled by England
Billy Vunipola has been recalled by England
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Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola and Bath wing Anthony Watson have been recalled in the starting line-up for England's final Six Nations encounter against Ireland at Aviva Stadium on Saturday as they bid to clinch the Grand Slam for second consecutive time.

Both the players came off the bench against Scotland to score a try each as England went on to complete a 61-21 win at Twickenham last Saturday to retain the Six Nations title.

Vunipola will replace Nathan Hughes while Watson will take over from Jack Nowell which remains the only changes for England from the game against Dark Blues.

Wasps' Elliot Daly has recovered from the injury he sustained in the previous game and will take the position on left wing.

"We're very excited ahead of a huge opportunity," said England head coach Eddie Jones.

"It's going to be quite an occasion in Dublin so we understand we have to be prepared emotionally, physically and mentally.

"The message to the players has been quite simple, we're playing Ireland on Saturday and that is the only thing that counts."

A win for England on Saturday will see them create a world record of 19 consecutive wins by tier one team as well.

England team to take on Ireland:

Brown; Watson, Joseph, Farrell, Daly; Ford, Youngs; Marler, Hartley, Cole, Launchbury, Lawes, Itoje, Haskell, B Vunipola.

Replacements: George, M Vunipola, Sinckler, Wood, Hughes, Care, Te'o, Nowell.

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