England's Farrell, Ford reunite as Irish Byrne gets shot at WC ticket

Captain Owen Farrell starts at inside-centre while George Ford remains at 10

Jones still seems some way from settling on his preferred back three - Jack Nowell is still out injured - and the same applies to the loose forwards, where Curry and Underhill certainly bring a dynamic dimension. "They've still got to get through a training session - they're like the kamikaze kids those two", he said.

Ford continues at out-half with captain Farrell starting at inside centre and lining up alongside Manu Tuilagi in midfield. "Playing two guys who are pretty good at the breakdown might give us an advantage in that area".

Whether Jones will stick with the two youngsters when the tournament begins in Japan next month remains to be seen.

Mako Vunipola has been named on the bench following his recovery from long-term injury.

"Again you've got to look at the context of the game, we'd like to win against Ireland but we're preparing for the World Cup, so it just gives us another selection strategy going forward".

"It is the third of four games for us and come September 8, when we get on the plane, we want to be ready to go".


Jones said he hoped that reuniting Farrell and Ford would open the game up a bit more after the Cardiff clash that did not feature a single linebreak for either team.

"We saw glimpses of it in the first two games, particularly the first Wales game with his carry, so we'll try to get him into the game early against Ireland". This is another step forward for us, ' Jones said.

Jonny May comes back in on the left wing, with Joe Cokanasiga moving to the other flank and Eddie Jones has gone with Jamie George, Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler in the front row.

Johnny Sexton will miss Ireland's World Cup warm-up match with England at Twickenham tomorrow.

While a place on top of the rankings would be another piece of history for Ireland's most successful coach, his focus will be on the performance of his leading players and, in particular, Ross Byrne who makes his first start.

Subs: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Jonathan Joseph.

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