Owen Farrell to start at fly-half for England against Ireland

Owen Farrell takes over at number 10 jersey
Owen Farrell takes over at number 10 jersey

England head coach Steve Borthwick has named Owen Farrell at fly-half for the final round Six Nations clash against Ireland to be played in Dublin on Saturday.

Farrell, who started on the bench in the record defeat against France replaces Marcus Smith at fly-half with Sale's Manu Tuilagi returning back replacing the injured Ollie Lawrence.

Henry Arundell makes his first England start at left wing with Anthony Watson on the right and David Ribbans joins Maro Itoje in second row with Ollie Lawrence ruled out due to an injury.

With no change in the front row, Dan Cole is set to make his 100th appearance when he comes of the bench that also has Smith, Alex Mitchell, Ben Curry, Mako Vunipola, Jack Walker, Joe Marchant and Nick Isiekwe.

“We travel to Dublin to face an Ireland team on Saturday that has the chance to secure a Grand Slam Championship victory at home for the first time,” said Borthwick.

“We know that after the bitter disappointment of the display against an exceptional France team last week, we will have to be much improved to meet the challenge of playing the side presently ranked number one in the world.

“However, I have witnessed an England squad determined to make amends for the defeat at Twickenham, and I am confident that the team announced today will once again want to show the sort of resilience and attitude that brought us victory in Wales.”

England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Henry Arundell, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Jack van Poortvliet, 8 Alex Dombrandt, 7 Jack Willis, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 5 David Ribbans, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Ellis Genge

Reserves: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Ben Curry, 21 Alex Mitchell, 22 Marcus Smith, 23 Joe Marchant