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Return trip: Jacob Stockdale
Return trip: Jacob Stockdale
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Ulster star Jacob Stockdale looks poised to make his first appearance of the summer for Ireland when they take on England in their second World Cup warm-up match at the weekend.

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Having already defeated Italy in their first warm-up game, Joe Schmidt's side go to Twickenham on Saturday for the first time since they won the Grand Slam there in March 2018.

On that day, winger Stockdale not only scored on the way to a 24-15 win over their rivals, but he also set the new Six Nations try scoring record with his seventh of an exceptional campaign.

Now, English rugby's headquarters looks to be the venue where the 23-year-old will get his World Cup preparations under way as he is expected to be named in the starting line-up.

"I have good memories of Twickenham but, at the same time, it's a long time ago now," said Stockdale from Ireland's training camp in Portugal.

"I'm just excited to get back into playing rugby. I haven't played in a couple of months and you're always excited for that first game back after pre-season.

"I'm just excited for the opportunity to get stuck into it again."

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It also looks likely that Leinster fly-half Ross Byrne will get the nod to start over Connacht's Jack Carty as Schmidt weighs up his options with Joey Carbery out injured.

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