England revert to World Cup back row for Ireland clash
Nov 20 2020
Andy Farrell admits he can not guarantee Ireland will snap their dismal recent record against England as he prepares for a testing trip to Twickenham. It's like when we go to Lansdowne Road or whatever the commercial name is now, it's a huge game.
"We've got new combinations all over the field that are coming together and learning from these type of experiences all the time".
"The challenge is can they bring a dominant Irish performance to Twickenham?" he said.
Centre Bundee Aki comes in for the injured Robbie Henshaw, wing Keith Earls replaces Munster team-mate Andrew Conway and flanker CJ Stander takes over from Josh van der Flier.
"There is pressuring the opposition to make mistakes and pressuring the opposition to think a little bit differently".
"To be honest it's the same for me this week as it is every week", he continued.
Eddie Jones in English training.
Ireland head to London in the Autumn Nations Cup on Saturday having been soundly beaten on each of their three previous meetings with the World Cup finalists. Charlie Ewels will return to Bath having started in the second row at Twickenham last weekend, while Joe Marchant is unavailable due to injury.
"We'd like to have crowds and that would be the number one target, but playing games without crowds is the normal at the moment and we're enjoying the normal". "Sam Underhill and Tom Curry are outstanding in that area", Jones said.
"George is a very, very talented number 10".
The Autumn Nations Cup game between France and Fiji on Sunday has been called off following positive coronavirus cases within the Fiji team, the French federation (FFR) and the Six Nations said on Friday.
World Rugby's General Manager for High Performance they see the Autumn Nations Cup as vital in the development of Fiji and Georgia as future high-performing teams at a Rugby World Cup.
"We left quite a few points out there. He's only done two sessions with us so we felt he needed more time, but certainly off the bench he'll be very handy".
George Ford is back from injury in contention for the flyhalf berth at Twickenham, while centre/wing Jonathan Joseph is also included despite going off late in the first half against Georgia with a back spasm.