England coach Eddie Jones makes four changes for Six Nations clash with Ireland with Jonathan Joseph who is the first ever to start the wing
- Center Jonathan Joseph will be shifted to No. 11 jersey in a new look back three
- Joseph will, together with Jonny May and Elliot Daly, collide with Ireland
- Eddie Jones’ side plays the first game back at Twickenham since the World Cup
Eddie Jones was shot again on Friday-evening after he had appointed several players out of position for England’s crucial Six Nations game against Ireland, with a rookie forward as an emergency back line.
Bath center Jonathan Joseph is on the wing for Sunday’s clash in Twickenham, with Ollie Thorley wing released to play for Gloucester on Saturday.
Joseph wins his 50th cap and works together with Jonny May and Elliot Daly in a new look of three.
Jonathan Joseph will wear the No. 11 sweater as part of a look-back three for England
ENGLAND BEGINS XV
15 Elliot Daly (Saracens, 41 caps)
14 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 54 caps)
13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 41 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 81 caps) C
11 Jonathan Joseph (bath rugby, 49 caps)
10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 67 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 97 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 69 caps)
2 Jamie George (Saracens, 47 caps)
3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 33 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 36 caps)
5 George Cross (Saracens, 43 caps)
6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 83 caps)
7 Sam Underhill (bath rugby, 17 caps)
8 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 21 caps)
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 22 caps)
17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps)
18 Will Stuart (bath rugby, 1 cap)
19 Joe Launchbury (wasps, 63 caps)
20 Charlie Ewels (bath rugby, 13 caps)
21 Ben Earl (Saracens, 1 cap)
22 Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby, 11 caps)
23 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 27 caps)
As revealed by Sportsmail, Joe Marler, Ben Youngs and Manu Tuilagi have all returned to the start XV after being dropped or injured.
Courtney Lawes is also back on the flanker team, with his Northampton teammate Lewis Ludlam making way for the Lions veteran.
But with George Furbank injured, Joseph is the most eye-catching selection – and he will undoubtedly be aerodynamically tested by Ireland halfbacks Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.
Jones claimed that he had completely omitted Furbank because he was unsuitable but kept him as a reserve for a competition day. Of the two backs on the bench, the center of Exeter Henry Slade has been injured since December.
“We had a really good training week with Thursday probably our best session of the Guinness Six Nations,” said Jones.
‘Ireland is a very good team, very well coached. They are a team that we greatly respect. They will bring their usual physicality and under Andy Farrell they have opened their game a bit.
“They are a tactically smart team. Murray and Sexton, who have played 170 Tests between them, at nine and ten will manage the game well. We have to make sure that we match their physicality and their emotions at the weekend.
“We trained at Twickenham Stadium last Friday for 10,000 fans and we can’t wait to come back for 80,000 people on Sunday.”
Manu Tuilagi returns to England to strengthen their midfield for Sunday’s clash with Ireland
Despite struggling to shape in the centers, Owen Farrell remains in the No. 12 jersey, outside of fly-half George Ford.
In the peloton Tom Curry continues to start at number 8, alongside Lawes and Sam Underhill in the back row.
Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes start in the second row, with Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler completing the pack.
Jones has continued with his “bomb squad” bank, consisting of six attackers and two backs.
Ben Earl is the replacement back-rower, but young Saracen, who only made his test debut two weeks ago, is ready to play in midfield or on the wing.