England Six Nations team news: Owen Farrell replaces Marcus Smith; Manu Tuilagi, Henry Arundell, David Ribbans start vs Ireland | Rugby Union News


England’s Steve Borthwick makes four changes to side for trip to face Grand Slam-chasing Ireland in Round 5 of Six Nations; Skipper Owen Farrell is recalled and replaces Marcus Smith at 10; Manu Tuilagi replaces injured Ollie Lawrence; Henry Arundell in for first Test start on wing

Last Updated: 16/03/23 5:02pm

Henry Arundell has been brought in by Steve Borthwick for his first Test start in England’s Six Nations Round 5 match away to Ireland

Owen Farrell has replaced Marcus Smith at fly-half as England make four changes for the trip to face Grand Slam-chasing Ireland, with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Arundell also brought in – the latter for his first Test start. 

Steve Borthwick has responded to last weekend’s 53-10 humiliation at home to France by changing things up, with Arundell replacing Max Malins on the wing and skipper Farrell restored from the start.

Tuilagi comes in for his first appearance of the championship, replacing the injured Ollie Lawrence (hamstring) at inside centre, while lock David Ribbans replaces the injured Ollie Chessum (ankle) in the fourth change.

Farrell last started at 10 with Tuilagi and Henry Slade as his two centres for the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final victory over Australia in Japan.

England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Henry Arundell, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Jack van Poortvliet; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 David Ribbans, 5 Maro Itoje, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 7 Jack Willis, 8 Alex Dombrandt.

Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Ben Curry, 21 Alex Mitchell, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Joe Marchant.

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