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Two Wasps start for England

James Haskell has been named to start for England when they take on Ireland this weekend, alongside fellow Wasp Joe Launchbury.

England take on Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations match with two Wasps in the starting lineup.

James Haskell’s inclusion at blindside flanker, with Tom Wood moving across to No 8 in place of the injured Ben Morgan, is the only change from the starting line-up against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium last Saturday.

Joe Launchbury retains his starting berth in the second row.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We were pleased with our intent to play against Scotland.

"A lot of the players performed very well and with Manu coming back into the equation it gave us some selection decisions. But with the centres playing well last week and Manu still returning to match fitness, having not played for the last four weeks, he and others will give us great options from the bench in what I am sure will be a physical encounter.

“It was good to have Billy Vunipola be able to train with us in the middle of the week but he needs some game time so he and David Strettle will be available for their clubs this weekend.”

England (v Ireland, Sunday, 3pm, Aviva Stadium)

15. Alex Goode
14. Chris Ashton
13. Brad Barritt
12. Billy Twelvetrees
11. Mike Brown
10. Owen Farrell
9. Ben Youngs

1. Joe Marler
2. Tom Youngs
3. Dan Cole
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Geoff Parling
6. James Haskell
7. Chris Robshaw
8. Tom Wood


16. Dylan Hartley
17. David Wilson
18. Mako Vunipola
19. Courtney Lawes
20. Thomas Waldrom
21. Danny Care
22. Toby Flood
23. Manusamoa Tuilagi