Ireland recall Henderson for Grand Slam tilt against England

Doris Richards
March 16, 2018

Ireland arrived back to their Carton House base with no fresh injury concerns following the 28-8 defeat of Scotland, with only "the usual bumps and bruises" reported.

That's almost triple the number of England's two players on the list - Chris Robshaw on 45 and Jonny May on 44.

Instead, England host new champions Ireland this weekend at Twickenham and will be desperate to avoid another loss which would clinch the Grand Slam for the visitors. Their air of invincibility has been completely eroded and the problems have mainly come at the breakdown.

"On both sides of the ball we need to be tuned it".

Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth starts in place of Care and will resume his club partnership with Owen Farrell, normally a centre for England but now at fly-half instead of childhood friend Ford. Notably, Stockdale is the first player in 104 years to score multiple tries in three straight Six Nations games.

However, should England do to Ireland what the Irish did to them, they would not only prevent a grand slam but could haul themselves up to second, depending on the Wales v France result.

"We're missing some of them and the guys who've come in have demonstrated a similar level of commitment, of the ability to be accurate and stay tuned in during those real pressure moments that happen in these really big test matches".

Then again, Aki, lock Ryan, wing Jacob Stockdale, and prop Andrew Porter have fit seamlessly into the Irish setup in their first championship, and proved their test credentials.

Eddie Jones was questioned on the issue today when facing the media, and hit back at suggestions that there was any wrongdoing on England's behalf.

Iain Henderson has replaced Devin Toner in the only change to the Ireland team announced Thursday for their Grand Slam bid against England at Twickenham. Peter O'Mahony, Rob Kearney and Cian Healy have shaken off slight injuries to keep their place in the side.

Man of the match against Scotland Rob Kearney, alongside Best as the only two remaining 2009 Grand Slam winners, lines out at full-back despite missing training earlier in the week.

England has won four of the last six meetings between these sides in the Six Nations (L2), with each of the last four games being won by the home side on the day.

However, in the closing minutes, Farrell nearly guided England to a win by initiating the move for Elliot Daly's late try and then kicking a conversion.

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