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RBS Six Nations Squad: England v Ireland

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England coach Eddie Jones made his team announcement yesterday ahead of their RBS Six Nations clash against Ireland.

The big news is that young talent, Maro Itoje, is in the squad and will start in the second row alongside Saracens team-mate George Kruis. His selection is mainly because of an injury to Joe Launchberry.

This will be his first international start at Twickenham after his impressive appearance as a flanker in the 40-9 victory over Italy on February 14.


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Itoje deserves his place in this squad even if it is by injury default, but the athleticism and power he showed against Italy will prove to the doubters just why he deserve his place in the starting line-up. England may just be able to come out on top.

A few days ago, England were highly optimistic about their chances against reigning champions Ireland, with a strong advantage in the scrum, mainly because the Irish visitors have a fair amount of injuries but also due to the fine form that the now-injured Launchberry has been in.

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It was believed Launchberry would be fit enough to make the squad but the RFU released a statement: "After further consultation with team medical staff today it has been decided he is unfit to play."

Back-to-back champions Ireland have not won at Twickenham since 2010 and with their team plagued by injuries and England showing a solid unit, the six-year drought for a win may continue.


England XV: Mike Brown, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley (C), Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, Billy Vunipola.

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