England’s Six Nations battle with Ireland in Twickenham will be a physical battle, Devin Toner warns
“They will come to us early”: England’s Six Nations clash with Ireland in Twickenham will be a physical battle, Devin Toner warns
- England is preparing for Ireland in their Six Nations fight at Twickenham
- Visitors are undefeated insofar as England lost the opener to France but defeated Scotland
- Returning lock Devin Toner believes that England is facing a physical battle
Recalled Ireland lock Devin Toner fears an English kickback on Sunday at Twickenham after the stuttering of the Six Nations start.
England lost 24-17 to France and then struggled to set Scotland in a storm at Murrayfield two weeks ago.
Toner is back in the starting line-up because Iain Henderson went home for the birth of his second child and expects Eddie Jones’s side to show all firearms.
The second row in Ireland, Devin Toner, believes his party must win physical battle with England
The 33-year-old said: ‘They haven’t fired a shot with the weather against Scotland, it wasn’t great and the loss for France. They will really have to prove something to us. We will have to do everything well, because we know that they are a huge physical team of the team they have chosen. They will follow us early. “
Ireland wins the Triple Crown with a win and they have been here before. Toner was part of the team that claimed the Grand Slam in 2018 with a 24-15 in Twickenham.
England defeated Scotland in terrible conditions in Murrayfield for the first Six Nations victory
But Toner, who has 69 caps, thought he would not get another chance at a game like this after he was left out of the Irish World Cup team.
He added: “We won the Grand Slam here, which was huge. There will always be a fear factor when you leave home and this is their first game here so there is something to prove.
“It means the world to me. If you told me a few months ago that I would start against Twickenham against England, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. “