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England vs France Rugby, Six Nations 2019: Training squad – and expected line-up

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England vs France Rugby, Six Nations 2019: Training squad – and expected line-up
England team vs France, Six Nations 2019: Training squad – and expected line-up
Eddie Jones names 35-man squad ahead of the clash at Twickenham with Saracens lock Nick Isiekwe replacing injured teammate Maro Itoje.
Saracens lock Nick Isiekwe has been called up to the England Six Nations squad ahead of the clash against France at Twickenham on Sunday to replace injured teammate Maro Itoje. England have been installed as favourites to win the Six Nations title following their 32-20 win over reigning champions Ireland on the opening weekend. However, the injury to Itoje will be cause for concern for head coach Eddie Jones ahead of the French visit. The 24-year-old was an imposing figure in Dublin and is not expected to figure again for England until towards the end of this year’s championship.
Who will start vs France?
Saracens lock Nick Isiekwe has been called up to the England Six Nations squad ahead of the clash against France at Twickenham on Sunday to replace injured teammate Maro Itoje. England have been installed as favourites to win the Six Nations title following their 32-20 win over reigning champions Ireland on the opening weekend.
However, the injury to Itoje will be cause for concern for head coach Eddie Jones ahead of the French visit. The 24-year-old was an imposing figure in Dublin and is not expected to figure again for England until towards the end of this year’s championship. Who will start vs France? Will ‘No 1 choice’ Ben Te’o be forced to bide his time? (Getty Images) Will ‘first choice centre’ Ben Te’o be forced to bide his time? (Getty Images) By Hugh Godwin, i rugby union correspondent Apart from the need to replace the injured Itoje, it is unlikely England will change a winning team after Saturday’s 32-20 Six Nations success away to Ireland.
Three men who might have started in Dublin if they had been fit – centre Ben Te’o, blindside flanker Brad Shields and wing Joe Cokanasiga – rejoined the squad on Tuesday and are available to face France at Twickenham this Sunday. Te’o was described as first-choice inside centre by head coach Eddie Jones last week.
But with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade in the midfield and back-rowers Mark Wilson, Tom Curry and Billy Vunipola having performed up to and beyond expectations against the Irish, the returnees may have to bide their time.
England squad for France Test
Forwards
Jack Clifford, Dan Cole, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ben Earl ,Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Nathan Hughes, Nick Isiekwe, George Kruis ,Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Ben Moon, Brad Shields ,Kyle Sinckler ,Jack Singleton, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson
Backs
Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Ollie Devoto, Owen Farrell © ,George Ford, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Ollie Thorley, Manu  Tuilagi ,Ben Youngs.
England Six Nations fixtures
Ireland vs England: 4.45pm (GMT) 2 February 2019, Aviva Stadium
England vs France: 3pm (GMT) 10 February 2019, Twickenham Wales vs England: 4.45pm (GMT) 23 February 2019, Principality Stadium
England vs Italy: 4.45pm (GMT) 9 March 2019, Twickenham England vs Scotland: 5pm (GMT) 16 March 2019, Twickenham Pick up a copy of i for news, interviews and expert analysis from rugby correspondent Hugh Godwin throughout the Six Nations Read more at:
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Six Nations 2019: Scotland vs Ireland Rugby score prediction, line-ups, odds, live stream, TV, h2h

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Six Nations 2019: Scotland vs Ireland Rugby score prediction, line-ups, odds, live stream, TV, h2h

Scotland vs Ireland

Six Nations 2019

Venue: Murrayfield 

Kick-off: 14.15 GMT, Saturday February 9

A wounded Ireland team head to Murrayfield on Saturday with their pride hurt and championship credentials badly damaged following a devastating 32-20 defeat to England in Dublin on opening weekend.

The defending Grand Slam champions and tournament favourites, ranked second in the world after a stunning 2018, saw their formidable home winning streak busted in convincing fashion as they wilted in the face of their rivals’ sheer intensity and physicality at the Aviva Stadium.

A late John Cooney try made the scoreline more respectable, but in truth Ireland were worryingly flat and second best in almost every department.

Joe Schmidt’s side travel to Murrayfield next, annoyed not to have successfully shed that reputation as slow starters and will be eager to take their frustration out on a Scotland team whom they will also face at the World Cup in Yokohama in September.

The Scots took a while to get going against tournament whipping boys Italy last time out, but a hat-trick from Edinburgh’s Blair Kinghorn – deputising for injured wing Sean Maitland – plus further efforts from the irrepressible Stuart Hogg and Chris Harris and a superb Finn Russell display secured a winning bonus point.

Of big concern to coach Gregor Townsend will be the match’s final quarter, in which Italy took full advantage of Simon Berghan’s yellow card and ran in three late tries despite rarely threatening before that.

For all the talk of an increased selection pool that comes as a result of Edinburgh and Glasgow’s impressive performances both in Europe and the Pro14, bench depth remains a key worry amid a slew of injuries and Scotland have to maintain better levels of concentration throughout the full 80 minutes.

Team news and line-ups

Sam Skinner tried to play on after rolling his ankle in the very early stages against Italy, but was eventually replaced by Josh Strauss as Scotland’s back-row injuries continue to bite.

Tighthead prop WP Nel was suffering from a calf issue, while the potential return of Maitland – along with Fraser Brown, Jonny Gray and Peter Horne – could leave Townsend with a very tough decision to make following Kinghorn’s treble, which was a first for Scotland in the Five/Six Nations for 30 years.

Ireland, meanwhile, were involved in a brutal contest against England and Schmidt revealed afterwards that Keith Earls had sustained a hip issue after some rough treatment from Maro Itoje and Tom Curry in particular. He was replaced by Jordan Larmour at half-time.

CJ Stander is said to have played for 62 minutes with two fractures to his cheek and eye socket, while lock Devin Toner hurt his ankle and will need to be assessed.

Scotland XV: TBC

Ireland XV: TBC


Score prediction: Scotland 22-35 Ireland

A wounded Ireland team under Schmidt feels like a very dangerous proposition indeed and if Italy can exploit Scotland’s lapses in concentration, then the men in green certainly can.

Two defeats in a row to begin the Six Nations in a World Cup year feels unthinkable for this Ireland setup and memories of their last trip to Murrayfield should provide further fuel for success.

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Match odds

  • Scotland to win: 2/1
  • Draw: 22/1
  • Ireland to win: 4/9

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TV channel and live stream, and online coverage

ITV and the BBC are sharing broadcasting rights for the Six Nations for the third successive year, with the BBC hosting Scotland vs Ireland on BBC One and via the iPlayer.

You can also follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.

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Ireland vs England LIVE: Six Nations rugby 2019 as it happened in Dublin

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Ireland vs England LIVE: Six Nations rugby 2019 as it happened in Dublin
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