With 30 days to go to Ireland’s first match in the 2019 World Cup I suppose it’s about time we got on the bandwagon.

Ireland play their second World Cup warm up game on Saturday afternoon against England at Twickenham, kick off 15:00.

I don’t think either team will show much or expect much out of the game, this series really being an opportunity for some players to play their way out of the tour party, but maybe tomorrow’s game has a little bit of extra spice with ranking points up for grabs in what is really just a trials match.

Info supplied by World Rugby.

ENGLAND (5) v IRELAND (3)

In brief

  • This is the 135th meeting between the teams with England currently leading 77-49 with eight draws
  • England won 32-20 the last time the sides met in the Six Nations in Dublin
  • Ireland won 24-15 on their last visit to Twickenham in the 2018 Six Nations

Rankings predictor

  • England will regain fourth place from South Africa if they win
  • They need to win by more than 15 points to overtake Ireland and move into third
  • An Ireland victory will see them move to the top of the rankings for the first time in history, the second team to do so in as many weeks

There are three Ulster players starting, Stockdale, Henderson and Best with our latest recruit Jack McGrath on the bench.

ENGLAND IRELAND
Elliot Daly (Saracens) 32 15 Rob Kearney (Leinster) 90
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath) 6 14 Jordan Larmour (Leinster) 14
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester) 34 13 Garry Ringrose (Leinster) 21
Owen Farrell (Saracens) 71 12 Bundee Aki (Connacht) 17
Jonny May (Leicester ) 45 11 Jacob Stockdale (Ulster) 19
George Ford (Leicester) 57 10 Ross Byrne (Leinster) 2
Ben Youngs (Leicester) 87 9 Conor Murray (Munster) 72
Joe Marler (Harlequins) 60 1 Cian Healy (Leinster) 89
Jamie George (Saracens) 38 2 Rory Best (Ulster) 117
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) 23 3 Tadhg Furlong (Leinster) 33
Maro Itoje (Saracens) 28 4 Iain Henderson (Ulster) 45
George Kruis (Saracens) 34 5 Jean Kleyn (Munster) 1
Tom Curry (Sale) 11 6 Peter O’Mahony (Munster) 57
Sam Underhill (Bath) 9 7 Josh van der Flier (Leinster) 17
Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 43 8 CJ Stander (Munster) 31
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter) 13 16 Sean Cronin (Leinster) 68
Mako Vunipola (Saracens) 53 17 Jack McGrath (Ulster) 55
Dan Cole (Leicester) 87 18 Andrew Porter (Leinster) 15
Courtney Lawes (Northampton) 73 19 Devin Toner (Leinster) 65
Mark Wilson (Newcastle) 13 20 Tadhg Beirne (Munster) 6
Willi Heinz (Gloucester) 2 21 Luke McGrath (Leinster) 11
Piers Francis (Northampton) 6 22 Jack Carty (Connacht) 4
Jonathan Joseph (Bath) 42 23 Andrew Conway (Munster) 13

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