6N: England change 1 for Ireland in Dubin

DUBLIN (AP) — England will face Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday at Lansdowne Road with only one change to the lineup which beat France 23-20 last weekend.

Elliot Daly, dropped from fullback into the reserves against France, will start at center for Henry Slade, who injured a calf in training on Monday.

Daly at center was a surprise, ahead of specialists Ollie Lawrence, who is in the reserves, and the unused and uncapped Paolo Odogwu. Daly made his name at center for his former club Wasps, but England coach Eddie Jones has played him there only once, preferring him at fullback or wing.

Joe Marchant, with four caps, came into the reserves on Thursday as backline cover.

England and Ireland are fighting to finish second in the tournament after two losses each.

"This is our most important game of the tournament and we want to finish well,” Jones said in a statement. "We want to take it to Ireland physically and play the rugby we want to play.”


England: Max Malins, Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell (captain), Jonny May, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Billy Vunipola, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson, Charlie Ewels, Maro Itoje, Kyle Sinckler, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola. Reserves: Jamie George, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, Jonny Hill, Ben Earl, Dan Robson, Ollie Lawrence, Joe Marchant.


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