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VIDEO – Wilson starts against Ireland

20 February 2014

  • David Wilson replaces Dan Cole at tight head
  • George Ford set to make debut from the bench

England have made two changes to their squad for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations match against Ireland at Twickenham Stadium.

Tight head prop David Wilson of Bath Rugby replaces Leicester Tiger Dan Cole, who will require three months rest from rugby before further assessment on his neck, while uncapped Bath Rugby fly half George Ford comes on to the replacements’ bench for Brad Barritt.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We are excited about being back at our home after two games on the road. The Twickenham crowd during the November internationals was superb and I’m sure it’ll be the same again on Saturday.

David Wilson

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“We have been forced into one change and we wish Dan Cole all the best for his recovery. However, David Wilson is an experienced international with 31 caps and he showed in his three starts against Argentina last year what he can do.

“We’ve made an active decision to go with George Ford on the bench as we believe that he is ready for the next step in his development and we are confident he will make an impression should he come on.”

One win away from a Triple Crown, Ireland head to Twickenham with their starting XV unchanged from that which beat Wales 26-3 in Dublin.

Captain Chris Robshaw added: “Twickenham and the crowd is a massive factor for us and we wanted to do a slightly longer walk to experience even more the support we get before the game. The supporters give us a huge lift and we know the atmosphere on Saturday will be amazing.”

England side to face Ireland on Saturday, February 22 (kick-off 4pm, live on BBC Sport)

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 23 caps) 
14 Jack Nowell  (Exeter Chiefs, 2 caps) 
13 Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, 2 caps) 
12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 10 caps) 
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps) 
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 21 caps) 
Danny Care (Harlequins, 44 caps) 

Joe Marler (Harlequins, 17 caps) 
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 52 caps) 
David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 31 caps) 
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 16 caps) 
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 27 caps) 
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 25 caps) 
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain, 23 caps) 
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 7 caps) 

Replacements 

16 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 14 caps) 
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 12 caps) 
18 Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks, 4 caps) 
19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 7 caps) 
20 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 17 caps) 
21 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 14 caps) 
22 George Ford (Bath Rugby, 0 caps) 
23 Alex Goode (Saracens, 15 caps)

#carrythemhome 

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