Match Centre: Ireland 29-10 England

Keith Earls scored a try on his 100th Test for Ireland
Keith Earls scored a try on his 100th Test for Ireland

Ireland 29-10 England, Aviva Stadium

England lost Billy Vunipola to red card as they were defeated 29-10 by Ireland in the World Cup warm-up game at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

Just like captain Owen Farrell in the previous game, Vunipola was shown a yellow card initially and was upgraded to a red card following a review which now puts him in doubt as well for the start of the showpiece event.

George Ford started in his first game since 2021 with Farrell waiting for the outcome from an appeal from the World Rugby on the decision to overturn his red card. The Sale Sharks fly-half kicked the opening points in the 5th minute after Tadhg Beirne was penalised for not rolling away.

Ireland bounced back strongly in the 9th minute as Josh van der Flier and Peter O'Mahony combined to send Bundee Aki over the line and Ross Byrne kicked the conversion to make it 7-3. England had a chance to reduce the arrears in the 24th minute after Mackenzie Hansen was penalised for not rolling away but Ford's penalty kick missed the target.

Andy Farrell's men extended their lead just before the half-time with Hansen sending a perfect crossfield kick for Garry Ringrose to touchdown but the conversion drifted wide. Ireland's Dan Sheenan left the field just at the stroke of the break with a leg injury providing some concern for Andy Farrell's men as they finished the opening half with a 12-3 lead.

England's indiscipline continued to haunt them with Vunipola was shown a yellow card for a tackle on Andrew Porter as Ireland slotted a third try with this time Ross Byrne sending a floating pass for James Lowe to dot down. Byrne's conversion came off the post making it 17-3 as Vunipola's yellow was upgraded to a red by the bunker review system.

With a player down, troubles continued to mount for Steve Borthwick's men as Hansen extended Ireland's lead further through their fourth try but once again the conversion was missed before Kyle Sinckler forced his way over for England in the 71st minute taking the scoreline to 22-10.

Any chance of an England comeback was put off with Keith Earls celebrated his 100th cap with a dive over the line after collecting a perfect pass from Aki with Crowley converting it allowing Ireland to a 29-10 victory.

Team line up:

Ireland: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Mack Hansen, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 1 Andrew Porter, 2 Dan Sheehan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 5 James Ryan (captain), 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 Cian Prendergast

Reserves16 Rob Herring, 17 Jeremy Loughman, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Joe McCarthy, 20 Caelan Doris, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Jack Crowley, 23 Keith Earls

England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 David Ribbans, 6. Courtney Lawes (C), 7 Ben Earl, 8 Billy Vunipola

Reserves: 16 Theo Dan, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Ollie Chessum, 20 Jack Willis, 21 Danny Care, 22 Marcus Smith, 23 Ollie Lawrence