Rugby England & Ireland name strong teams for World Cup warm-up

Rugby England & Ireland name strong teams for World Cup warm-up

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Rugby World Cup warm-up: England v Ireland
Venue:Twickenham, LondonDate:Saturday 24 AugustKick-off:15:00 BST
Coverage:Listen to online-only commentary on the BBC Sport website and app, highlights on BBC Two at 19:30 BST

England and Ireland have named near full-strength sides for Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham.

Manu Tuilagi starts at outside centre for the hosts while Ireland have made 12 changes to the experimental side that cruised past Italy.

England lost in Cardiff last weekend as Wales moved to number one in the world, but a win for Ireland will move them ahead of the Welsh in the rankings.

Ireland last won at Twickenham in 2018 when they claimed the Grand Slam.

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‘He’s in the best physical shape’

England scrum-half Ben Youngs says Tuilagi is in the shape of his life as the 2003 World Cup winners look to release the powerful outside centre in midfield.

Tuilagi will be making his first start of the World Cup warm-up Tests having impressed off the bench in both matches against Wales.

“He’s probably in the best physical shape I’ve ever seen him,” said Youngs of his Leicester Tigers team-mate.

“We saw glimpse

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