The teams have been announced for Ireland’s final warm up game against England this Saturday afternoon at the Aviva Stadium KO 2:30pm.
Both sides still have the look of a “practice match” about them though England look a touch further down the line towards their starting XV than Ireland do.
Geordan Murphy can expect a busy afternoon on his return to International duty with Tindal and Tuilagi looking to punch holes in Ireland’s makeshift midfield and it’ll be interesting to see how Trimble copes with Ashton.
Back row looks fairly competitive for both teams, with England selecting two of my least favourite players in their line up, but the same two should be well used to big Stevie dumping them on their asses!
As far as the match goes I expect England to have too much gas in the back line and they should win this one with something to spare.
It may be no bad thing that Ireland go into the World Cup without a win in their warm ups – it’ll certainly keep the pressure of!
|Geordan Murphy (Leicester)||15||B Foden (Northampton)|
|Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)||14||C Ashton (Northampton)|
|Keith Earls (Munster)||13||M Tuilagi (Leicester)|
|Gordon D’Arcy (Leinster)||12||M Tindall (Gloucester|
|Andrew Trimble (Ulster)||11||M Cueto (Sale)|
|Ronan O’Gara (Munster)||10||J Wilkinson (Toulon)|
|Eoin Reddan (Leinster)||9||R Wigglesworth (Saracens)|
|Cian Healy (Leinster)||1||A Sheridan (Sale)|
|Jerry Flannery (Munster)||2||S Thompson (Wasps)|
|Mike Ross (Leinster)||3||D Cole (Leicester)|
|Donncha O’Callaghan (Munster)||4||L Deacon (Leicester)|
|Paul O’Connell (Munster)||5||C Lawes (Northampton)|
|Stephen Ferris (Ulster)||6||T Croft (Leicester)|
|David Wallace (Munster)||7||J Haskell (Black Rams)|
|Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)||8||N Easter (Harlequins)|
|Rory Best (Ulster)||16||D Hartley (Northampton)|
|Tom Court (Ulster)||17||M Stevens (Saracens)|
|Donnacha Ryan (Munster)||18||S Shaw (unattached)|
|Denis Leamy (Munster)||19||T Wood (Northampton)|
|Conor Murray (Munster)||20||J Simpson (Wasps)|
|Jonathan Sexton (Leinster)||21||T Flood (Leicester)|
|Fergus McFadden (Leinster)||22||D Armitage (London Irish)|