England vs Ireland: Autumn Nations Cup preview and how to watch

Fresh off their delayed Six Nations success, Eddie Jones’ side began the inaugural tournament with a 40-0 demolition of Georgia at Twickenham last weekend that saw Jamie George become the first hooker ever to record a hat-trick for England as the hosts dominated the battle up front but lacked attacking fluidity in the backs amid atrocious weather conditions.

Jones will hope to see more flair against an Ireland team that bounced back from their loss to France on a disappointing ‘Super Saturday’ to hand Wales a sixth successive loss in Dublin on opening night.

New Zealand-born Leinster wing James Lowe scored on debut as Andy Farrell’s men – also extremely impressive at the set-piece – eased to a dominant 32-9 victory in a feisty affair at the Aviva Stadium.

England vs Ireland is scheduled to take place at 3pm GMT on Saturday, November 21, 2020.

The match will be held behind closed doors at Twickenham with no fans present due to Government restrictions regarding coronavirus.

TV channel: The contest is being shown live free-to-air on Channel 4, with coverage beginning at 2:15pm.

Live stream: England vs Ireland will also be availabe to watch live on Amazon Prime Video.

England have reunited their “Kamikaze Kids” flanker partnership of Tom Curry and Sam Underhill, with Jack Willis – who scored on an impressive debut against Georgia – released back to Wasps, Charlie Ewels dropping out and Maro Itoje returning to the second row.

There are two changes in the front row as props Ellis Genge and Will Stuart are replaced by Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler, while George Ford is named on the bench – alongside the returning Jonny Hill and uncapped Max Malins – after recovering from an Achilles injury.


Tom Curry and Sam Underhill resume their fearsome flanker partnership for England

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Jonathan Joseph has shaken off a back injury to start on the wing, with Worcester’s Ollie Lawrence retaining his place in midfield.  

Ireland have been dealt a huge blow with the absence of captain Johnny Sexton, who suffered a hamstring injury against Wales. Leinster understudy Ross Byrne starts in his absence, with Billy Burns only named as a replacement.

Robbie Henshaw’s abductor strain also means a return to Farrell’s starting XV for Connacht centre Bundee Aki, with CJ Stander also replacing Josh van der Flier on the flank and Keith Earls coming in for Andrew Conway out wide.


Leinster’s Ross Byrne gets the nod over Billy Burns at fly-half with Johnny Sexton sidelined for Ireland

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Jamison Gibson-Park keeps his place at scrum-half ahead of Conor Murray, while Ulster duo Jacob Stockdale and Iain Henderson are fit enough to return to the bench. 

Leinster lock James Ryan will captain Ireland from the start for the very first time with Sexton sidelined.

Starting XV: Daly; Joseph, Lawrence, Slade, May; Farrell, Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler; Itoje, Launchbury, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola

Replacements: Dunn, Genge, Stuart, Hill, Earl, Robson, Ford, Malins

Starting XV: Keenan; Earls, Farrell, Aki, Lowe; R Byrne, Gibson-Park; Healy, Kelleher, Porter; Roux, Ryan, Stander, O’Mahony, Doris

Replacements: Herring, E Byrne, Bealham, Henderson, Connors, Murray, Burns, Stockdale

Head to head (h2h) history and results

This will be the 137th meeting between these two old rivals.

England are looking for an 80th win over Ireland, while the visitors will hope to beat their hosts for the 50th time. There have been eight previous draws.

Ireland claimed back-to-back victories over England in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Six Nations, but have lost each of the last three matches, shipping 57 points in a World Cup warm-up tie last year before a 24-12 Six Nations loss at Twickenham in February.

Betting odds and tips (subject to change)

  • England win: 1/4
  • Ireland win: 5/1
  • Draw: 33/1
  • Jonny May first try: 13/2

The Autumn Nations Cup will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from November 13.

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