Mako Vunipola ‘This is England’s Gun XV. I can’t wait to see it fire’: Woodward excited for Ireland warm-up game

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Mako Vunipola ‘This is England’s Gun XV. I can’t wait to see it fire’: The World Cup winning coach is excited to watch Eddie Jones’ side against Ireland on Saturday

  • England captain Owen Farrell is back in the starting XV at inside-centre
  • Farrell will partner Manu Tuilagi in a new look centre partnership against Ireland
  • George Ford resumes at fly-half while Mako Vunipola is back on the bench 
  • England play Ireland at 3:00pm at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon  

By Sir Clive Woodward for the Daily Mail

Published:22:31 BST, 22 August 2019|Updated:22:31 BST, 22 August 2019

The gloves are off. Eddie Jones has picked his best team and with Ireland strong too this could be a great Test match that could have serious ramifications for the World Cup.

The honeymoon is over. This is a major game for both teams. If you don’t front up now, there will be question marks leading into the World Cup.

Well done Eddie for this selection. It is exactly the team I would have picked for a must-win game at the tournament. This is the first time he has put his full strength side out in these warm-up games — I think he’s played his cards right.

Owen Farrell comes into the starting 15 for England and will partner Manu Tuilagi at centre 

ENGLAND TEAM TO FACE IRELAND

E Daly(Saracens),J Cokanasiga(Bath),M Tuilagi(Leicester),O Farrell(Saracens),J May,G Ford,B Youngs(all Leicester),J Marler(Harlequins),J George(Saracens),K Sinckler(Harlequins),M Itoje,G Kruis(both Saracens),T Curry(Sale),S Underhill(Bath),B Vunipola (Saracens). 

Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie(Exeter),M Vunipola(Saracens),D Cole(Leicester),C Lawes(Northampton),M Wilson(Sale),W Heinz(Gloucester),P Francis(Northampton),J Joseph(Bath).

Everyone going to Twickenham on Saturday sh

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