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Six Nations Rugby Ireland at England at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 12th March 2022

England will face Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 12th March during the penultimate round of the 2022 Six Nations Championship. Ireland put in a dominant performance to beat England 32-18 during the 2021 Championship. Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has made six changes to his side to face England on Saturday (4.45pm, live on RTÉ).

England and Ireland have contested 138 rugby test matches since their first meeting in 1875. England have won 80 of those matches, whilst Ireland have won 50 matches. There have also been eight drawn matches between the two nations.

England v Ireland


Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London

Kick-off: 4:45pm

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

TV Coverage: Live on ITV (UK) and RTE (ROI)

Ireland team to face England

Johnny Sexton has been restored to Ireland’s starting XV as part of six changes for Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations showdown with England.

Prop Cian Healy will make his first start of this year’s tournament, in place of the injured Andrew Porter, while Hugo Keenan, Andrew Conway, Bundee Aki and James Ryan also return.

Andy Farrell’s men must beat their title rivals at Twickenham to remain in contention for championship glory.

Leinster fly-half Sexton came off the bench during the 57-6 round-three victory over Italy after missing the defeat to Grand Slam-chasing France with a minor hamstring issue.

The 36-year-old, who this week signed a contract extension and announced he will retire after next year’s World Cup, has regained the number 10 jersey from Joey Carbery and will win his 104th cap.

Robbie Henshaw will join Carbery in dropping to the bench, while Michael Lowry, Mack Hansen and Ryan Baird have been omitted from Farrell’s match-day squad.

Lock Iain Henderson has been named among the replacements after a positive coronavirus test ruled him out against the Azzurri.

Meanwhile, Alex Dombrandt has sufficiently recovered from coronavirus to secure a place on England’s bench.

England v Ireland – Team Line-ups

England Team Line-up


  • 1 Ellis Genge
  • 2 Jamie George
  • 3 Kyle Sinckler
  • 4 Maro Itoje
  • 5 Charlie Ewels
  • 6 Courtney Lawes (Captain)
  • 7 Tom Curry
  • 8 Sam Simmonds


  • 9 Harry Randall
  • 10 Marcus Smith
  • 11 Jack Nowell
  • 12 Henry Slade
  • 13 Joe Marchant
  • 14 Max Malins
  • 15 Freddie Steward


  • 16 Jamie Blamire
  • 17 Joe Marler
  • 18 Will Stuart
  • 19 Joe Launchbury
  • 20 Alex Dombrandt
  • 21 Ben Youngs
  • 22 George Ford
  • 23 Elliot Daly

Ireland Team Line-up


  • 1 Cian Healy
  • 2 Dan Sheehan
  • 3 Tadhg Furlong
  • 4 Tadhg Beirne
  • 5 James Ryan
  • 6 Peter O’Mahony
  • 7 Josh van der Flier
  • 8 Caelan Doris


  • 9 Jamison Gibson Park
  • 10 Johnny Sexton (Captain)
  • 11 James Lowe
  • 12 Bundee Aki
  • 13 Garry Ringrose
  • 14 Andrew Conway
  • 15 Hugo Keenan


  • 16 Rob Herring
  • 17 Dave Kilcoyne
  • 18 Finlay Bealham
  • 19 Iain Henderson
  • 20 Jack Conan
  • 21 Conor Murray
  • 22 Joey Carbery
  • 23 Robbie Henshaw

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