IRELAND v ENGLAND BETTING PREVIEW
Both Ireland and England boast perfect 2-0 records. Ireland beat Italy 26-3 in their opening match of the 2015 Six Nations, and then they made it two wins from two games defeating France 18-11 in their second outing. England battled back from 10 points down to earn a 21-16 win over Wales in the opening round and then recorded convincing 47-17 win against Italy in their second match.
Ireland will be without their talisman Jamie Heaslip and it could be large shoes to fill for his replacement Jordy Murphy. Eoin Reddan and Tommy O'Donnell have been added to the replacements bench alongside Sean Cronin, Martin Moore, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Ian Madigan and Felix Jones.
Stuart Lancaster has made a couple of changes to his side with full-back Alex Goode coming to replace Mike Brown who misses the game through concussion, while Jack Nowell will start on the wing in place of Jonny May. Henry Thomas replaces Kieran Brookes on the bench.
The Irish are reducing the gap with their rivals. Defeats of 20-9 and 30-9 in a 2011 World Cup warm-up clash and the 2012 Six Nations have been followed by narrow defeats of 12-6 in the 2013 Six Nations and 13-10 last year in the same competition.
The Irish won all three of their home games comfortably in 2014 and they also beat Australia and the Springboks in the end of year internationals staged in Dublin. England won the 2014 meeting 13-10 at Twickenham but Ireland was crowned 6 Nations Champions courtesy of a better points difference as both side finished with four wins and one defeat.
IRELAND v ENGLAND LINEUPSIreland:
Starting XV: Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe, Jared Payne, Robbie Henshaw, Simon Zebo, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Jack McGrath, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Paul O'Conell (Captain), Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien, Jordi Murphy.
Replacements: Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Martin Moore, Iain Henderson, Tommy O'Donnell, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan, Felix Jones.
Starting XV: Alex Goode, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Luther Burrell, Jack Nowell, George Ford, Ben Youngs, Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, David Attwood, George Kruis, James Haskell, Chris Robshaw (Captain), Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Henry Thomas, Nick Easter, Tom Croft, Richard Wigglesworth, Danny Cipriani, Billy Twelvetrees.
IRELAND v ENGLAND PREVIOUS RESULTS
- 2014: England won 13-10, London
- 2013: England won 12-6, Dublin
- 2012: England won 30-9, London
- 2011: England won 20-9 Dublin
- 2010: Ireland won 20-16, London
- 2009: Ireland won 14-13, Dublin
IRELAND v ENGLAND BEST ODDS
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IRELAND v ENGLAND PREDICTIONS
- Ireland @ 6.00
- Total points Under 37.5 @ 1.83
- Ireland to win by 1-10 points @ 3.00
- 2nd Half Highest Scoring Half @ 1.83
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