Ireland and England will clash in their opening Six Nations fixture on February 2, and both teams have announced their squad for the match. The Six Nations tournament is one of the biggest rugby events in the world and is contested between England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France, and Italy.
Ireland will be hosting the game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and they are looking to make a strong start to their campaign in their quest to win a third consecutive Six Nations championship. England, on the other hand, will be looking to put their World Cup disappointment behind them and start afresh with a win against their rivals.
Leading the way for Ireland will be the inspirational captain, Johnny Sexton, who will be looking to orchestrate their attacking play. Jacob Stockdale will be starting on the left wing, with Keith Earls on the right wing, and Jordan Larmour at fullback. The highly-rated Conor Murray will start at scrum-half, while Bundee Aki and Robbie Henshaw will form a strong center partnership.
In the front row, Cian Healy, Rob Herring, and Tadhg Furlong will start, with Iain Henderson and James Ryan in the second row. Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, and CJ Stander will form a formidable back row.
England’s lineup, on the other hand, sees some notable changes, with new coach Eddie Jones dropping some of the experienced players and opting for a younger squad. Owen Farrell will once again captain England from fly-half, with George Ford starting at inside center.
Elliot Daly will start on the left wing, with Jonny May on the right wing, and George Furbank at fullback. Ben Youngs will start at scrum-half, while Manu Tuilagi and George Furbank will form the center partnership.
In the front row, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, and Kyle Sinckler will start, with Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes in the second row. The back row comprises Sam Underhill, Tom Curry, and Billy Vunipola, who is back in the squad after an injury layoff.
Both teams have named strong squads, and it promises to be an exciting match between two of the best teams in the world. Ireland will be looking to replicate their recent success in the Six Nations and World Cup, while England will be looking to start afresh after their disappointing quarter-final exit in the World Cup.
The Six Nations is a prestigious tournament and is viewed by millions of people around the world. It is a true test of a team’s ability and character, and the Ireland v England fixture is one of the standout games of the tournament.
The match will also be significant in terms of the rivalry between the two nations. Ireland and England have a long and storied history, with tensions between the two nations running deep. The game will be played in a highly charged atmosphere, with both sets of fans looking to help their team secure a victory.
In terms of recent form, Ireland has the edge, having won their last two games against England. However, England will be looking to reverse that trend and secure a victory on Irish soil.
Ultimately, this game is too close to call. Both teams have named strong squads, and it will come down to which team performs best on the day. It promises to be an entertaining encounter, and fans around the world will be eagerly anticipating the outcome.