England v Ireland: Tickets available for Six Nations clash at Twickenham
England v Ireland: Tickets for the Six Nations clash at Twickenham on 22 February are available at viagogo
Joe Schmidt’s Ireland head to Twickenham to face England as tournament favourites after easy wins over Scotland and Wales with momentum in their favour – and tickets for the Six Nations clash are available at viagogo.
Stuart Lancaster is forced call up Dave Wilson to replace the injured Dan Cole at tight-head prop, but otherwise it’s as you were for both XVs in the match of the round. There is genuine excitement ahead of a match that could, cliches aside, go either way with Ireland packed with experience from Leinster against a new generation of young English talent.
England were unlucky to lose in France before bulldozing Scotland at Murrayfield last time out, while Ireland have had two comfortable outings at home. England’s back three of Mike Brown, Jonny May and Jack Nowell have shown their ball-carrying and try-scoring prowess that has lit up the Aviva Premiership, but counterparts Rob and Dave Kearney and Andrew Trimble have also shown form.
Ireland’s pack have been by far the most consistent and dominant in the opening two rounds spearheaded by loose-head prop Cian Healy and captain Paul O’Connell, while back-rowers Chris Henry and Jamie Heaslip have also been influential for Schmidt’s side and Cole’s loss for England is an opportunity for Healy to take advantage at the scru, but in No 8 Billy Vunipola England have a game-changer.
Both sides have attacking options aplenty and the stage is set for the inimitable Brian O’Driscoll to put on another masterclass alongside Gordon D’Arcy against the less experienced Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees.
Perhaps the most mouth-watering of contests is at half-back with England’s Owen Farrell and Danny Care up against Jonny Sexton and Conor Murray. All four have shown they are at the top of their game this championship. Something has to give. Home advantage has England as favourites, but it’s too close to call.