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England v Ireland: Joe Schmidt names Ireland XV for Twickenham trip

Joe Schmidt's team to face England has been confirmed [Picture: Inpho]
Joe Schmidt’s team to face England has been confirmed [Picture: Inpho]
STUART McCLOSKEY and Josh van der Flier will make their debuts for Ireland against England on Saturday after being named in Joe Schmidt’s starting XV.

Ulster’s 23-year-old centre McCloskey gets the nod after Jared Payne failed to recover from a hamstring injury while Van der Flier comes in for the injured Sean O’Brien.

Big, powerful, brave, fast – McCloskey is a bit of a late bloomer, while 22-year-old flanker Josh van der Flier has made a name for himself at Leinster this season and is seen as a future star of Irish rugby.

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IRELAND TEAM TO FACE ENGLAND

15 Rob Kearney
14 Andrew Trimble
13 Robbie Henshaw
12 Stuart McCloskey
11 Keith Earls
10 Jonathan Sexton
9 Conor Murray

1 Jack McGrath
2 Rory Best
3 Mike Ross
4 Donnacha Ryan
5 Devin Toner
6 CJ Stander
7 Josh van der Flier
8 Jamie Heaslip

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2 comments on “England v Ireland: Joe Schmidt names Ireland XV for Twickenham trip”

  1. Mike

    There are 15 players in a rugby team. Not eleven as you suggested.

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    • Jamie Casey

      Indeed there is, force of habit. That's been updated now, thanks.

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