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George Ford (left) has been dropped by England, to be replaced at fly-half by Owen Farrell (right).

George Ford (left) has been dropped by England, to be replaced at fly-half by Owen Farrell (right).

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George Ford (left) has been dropped by England, to be replaced at fly-half by Owen Farrell (right).

Eddie Jones has made seven changes to his England side ahead of the final game of the Six Nations.

Ireland arrive at Twickenham on Saturday (kick-off 2.45pm) needing a win to seal the Grand Slam title.

England are coming off the back to successive defeats to Scotland and France but Jones has rung the changes in a bid to avenge Ireland's final-day victory in Dublin last year - a result that denied England a clean sweep.

Fly-half George Ford has been dropped to the bench, with Owen Farrell moving to number 10 from inside-centre. Scrum-half Danny Care is replaced by Richard Wigglesworth. Jonathan Joseph comes in at outside-centre.

 

Hooker Dylan Hartley returns from injury while Kyle Sinckler, George Kruis, James Haskell and Sam Simmonds all come into the pack at the expense of Jamie George, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes.

“We can’t wait to get back to Twickenham and play there. We have had a couple of tough games on the road and to get back and play in front of our 24th man will be exciting for the players and they will be looking forward to putting in a good performance," said coach Jones.

“Ireland is a very good team. We have seen in every game the physical contest has been quite enormous so we have to meet that physical challenge and then play smart tactically.”

England team to face Ireland at Twickenham

England: Watson, May, Joseph, Te'o, Daly, Farrell, Wigglesworth; Vunipola, Hartley, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Robshaw, Haskell, Simmonds.

Replacements: George, Marler, Cole, Launchbury, Armand, Care, Ford, Brown

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