Ireland win 2018 Natwest 6 Nations
Six Nations 2018 champions Ireland to play England in last match
Round Five of the NatWest Six Nations Championship kicks off in Rome, with Italy v Scotland at Stadio Olimpico. Later in the day at Twickenham Stadium, newly crowned 2018 Rugby 6 Nations champions Ireland will battle to win their third-ever Grand Slam when they go face-to-face with the mighty England side. The final match on Super Saturday features Wales v France at Principality Stadium in Cardiff Wales. Buy all 150% guaranteed Six Nations tickets securely online from LiveRugbyTickets.co.uk!
NatWest 6 Nations Round Six Schedule
Saturday 17th March 2018
Italy v Scotland
England v Ireland
Wales v France
NatWest 6 Nations Round Four Results
Ireland 28-8 Scotland
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
France 22-16 England
Stade de France, Paris
Wales 38-14 Italy
Principality Stadium, Cardiff
NatWest 6 Nations Table: wins, points
1st Ireland 4,19
2nd Wales 2,11
3rd England 2,10
4th France 2,10
5th Scotland 2, 8
6th Italy 0 0, 0
Rugby 6 Nations Preview
England v Ireland
Date: Saturday, 17 March
Kick-off: 14:45 GMT
Ireland has chosen their side for the upcoming exciting Six Nations clash with England on St Patrick's Day clash. Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named his squad for Saturday's Six Nations Grand Slam encounter with England at Twickenham Stadium. Iain Henderson has replaced Devin Toner to start. Peter O'Mahony, Rob Kearney and Cian Healy are in form and are named to be part of Ireland's all-out assault on a Six Nations clean sweep. British and Irish Lions lock Henderson's selection is the only change from the Ireland side that delivered the 28-8 victory against Scotland, that sealed Ireland’s 3rd Rugby 6 Nations trophy in five years. Flanker O'Mahony and full-back Kearney missed training on Tuesday, but have since passed their fitness test to start. Prop Healy was a bit unsteady on his feet against Scotland, and Ireland reported that he suffered a shoulder "stinger", not a head injury.
Tensions ahead of Saturday's London battle between the arch-rivals have been raised by the emergence of a video where England boss Eddie Jones referred to the "scummy Irish". Coach Jones apologized on Wednesday after the footage emerged of him calling Joe Schmidt's Ireland side the "scummy Irish" and Wales as a "little s*** place". Jones insisted he was "very sorry" after the video came to light. The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has received an apology from the Rugby Football Union. The video was filmed during Jones” talk on leadership for Fuso, the Japanese parent company of England sponsors Mitsubishi. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt insisted England boss Jones' comments in the film will not alter his side's approach to the match."I'm not exactly sure what they were," said Schmidt. "They are not directly relevant to us to be honest. Those words don't impact on how we play or how his team plays and that's our focus."
Schmidt was asked if Jones' comments will hinder Ireland's preparation. "I don't think so,” replied Schmidt. "I know it's probably at the stage of being boring, which we don't want to be described as, but the bubble we have here allows us to focus on the task in hand."
Ireland team to play England
Forwards: 1 Cian Healy (Leinster), 2 Rory Best (Captain, Ulster), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Leinster), 4 James Ryan (Leinster), 5 Iain Henderson (Ulster), 6 Peter O'Mahony (Munster), 7 Dan Leavy (Leinster), 8 CJ Stander (Munster). Backs: 9 Conor Murray (Munster), 10 Johnny Sexton (Leinster), 11 Jacob Stockdale (Ulster), 12 Bundee Aki (Connacht), 13 Garry Ringrose (Leinster), 14 Keith Earls (Munster), 15 Rob Kearney (Leinster). Subs: 16 Sean Cronin (Leinster), 17 Jack McGrath (Leinster), 18 Andrew Porter (Leinster), 19 Devin Toner (Leinster), 20 Jordi Murphy (Leinster), 21 Kieran Marmion (Connacht), 22 Joey Carbery (Leinster), 23 Jordan Larmour (Leinster)
Victory at Twickenham on Saturday for Ireland would secure the Grand Slam for the team who were crowned champions after England's surprise defeat in Paris. As England look to recover from back-to-back defeats, England made extensive changes to their squad for Saturday’s clash with 2018 champions, Ireland. George Ford was dropped as was Lock Joe Launchbury, and Fly-half George Ford for Saturday's crunch Six Nations meeting with Grand Slam-chasing Ireland. Owen Farrell starts at fly-half, with Ben Te'o at inside-centre. Hooker Dylan Hartley returns to lead the England side. Scrum-half Danny Care, lock Joe Launchbury and prop Dan Cole also lost their places in the starting XV. Richard Wigglesworth, George Kruis and Kyle Sinckler all start. In addition to the players dropped, England also made two injury-related changes. James Haskell returns on the open-side flank, with Chris Robshaw switching to blind-side in place of the injured Courtney Lawes. Sam Simmonds is back in at number eight to replace the injured Nathan Hughes. Exeter's Don Armand is on the bench and is set to win his second cap. Jonathan Joseph regained his place at outside centre, while the back three is unchanged from England’s recent defeat in Paris. Elliot Daly has been declared fit to start after a foot problem, with Anthony Watson continuing at full-back and Mike Brown among the replacements. Cole, Launchbury, Care and Ford are also on the bench along with Jamie George. Danny Care is England's most capped scrum-half with 80 international appearances, while George Ford has won 44 caps since making his debut against Wales in March 2014. In England’s last two matches Care and Ford, were ineffective as individuals and as a partnership. England’s fit-again captain Dylan Hartley will start. Hartley has recovered from a tight calf to lead the team in Saturday's final round of the Championship, but his front row colleague Dan Cole has been replaced by Kyle Sinckler. Eddie Jones has performed radical surgery on the team that lost 22-16 to France.
Speaking publicly on the filmed comments about Ireland and Wales he made last year, England coach Eddie Jones talked about the matter for the first time on Thursday, ahead of England’s clash with the Irish on Saturday. "I apologize for the remarks," said Jones about the racist remarks. "I sincerely mean that and I really don't have anything else to say on the matter. I'm happy to answer questions on the game coming up, but the other matter is dead. I've made a statement, I don't have to say anything else on it." England manager Eddie Jones’ England side look to stop Ireland winning just their third Grand Slam in history. Jones was asked what would motivate his men. "Ireland are going for a Grand Slam, I don't think they need any extra motivation," Jones said. "We can't wait to get back to Twickenham and play there," said head coach Jones. "We have had a couple of tough games on the road and to get back and play in front of our 24th man [referring to the Twickenham supporters] will be exciting for the players and they will be looking forward to putting in a good performance. Ireland is a very good team. We have seen in every game the physical contest has been quite enormous so we have to meet that physical challenge and then play smart tactically."
Assessing his team selection, Jones said: "We just felt we needed to make some changes for this game. We need to get on the front foot against Ireland and we've selected a team to do that. It's good to have Dylan back from injury, he trained superbly yesterday. We've gone for a Farrell-Te'o-Joseph midfield, and we're sure they can get us on the front foot."
England team to play Ireland
Forwards: 1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens), 2 Dylan Hartley (Captain, Northampton Saints), 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), 4 Maro Itoje (Saracens), 5 George Kruis (Saracens), 6 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), 7 James Haskell (Wasps), 8 Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs). Bachs: 9 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens), 11 Elliot Daly (Wasps), 12 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), 13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), 14 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), 15 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby). Replacements: 16 Jamie George (Saracens), 17 Joe Marler (Harlequins), 18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), 19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps), 20 Don Armand (Exeter Chiefs), 21 Danny Care (Harlequins), 22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers), 23 Mike Brown (Harlequins)
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