London - Saracens' rising star Maro Itoje is set to make his first England
start after being named in coach Eddie Jones's run-on side to face
Ireland in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday.
21-year-old lock came into the starting XV, having made his debut off
the bench in England's 40-9 win over Italy, after Joe Launchbury was
ruled out with a hamstring problem.
Courtney Lawes, who started
against Italy with Launchbury on the bench, is now among the
replacements after being added to the squad on Wednesday following the
Wasps's second row injury.
The only other change to the England
side that kicked-off the match in Rome last time out sees Harlequins
loosehead prop Joe Marler replace Mako Vunipola.
against the Azzurri after coming on with a powerful display in the
closing 28 minutes that saw England run in several tries against a
On that occasion, he replaced Chris Robshaw at
blindside flanker but Itoje has spent most of his career at lock - the
position where he captained England to victory during the 2014 World
Behind the scrum, highly-regarded uncapped
Wasps centre Elliot Daly is on the bench after concussion ruled out
midfield rival Ollie Devoto.
"Elliot Daly has worked hard this
week and is now ready for a place in the 23. He can provide cover in
several positions in the back line," Jones said.
"Joe Marler made a
big impact off the bench in Rome and will start at loosehead with Mako
Vunipola finishing the game," he added.
England have won their
first two matches under Jones, beginning with victory away to Scotland,
and currently top the Six Nations table on points difference from
France, who play Wales in Cardiff on Friday.
against defending Six Nations champions Ireland will be England's first
at Twickenham since a 33-13 defeat by Australia in October saw them
become the first host nation to be knocked out of the World Cup at the
initial group stage.
Ireland, beset by injuries, have yet to win
in this Six Nations after drawing with Wales 16-16 and losing 10-9 to
France last time out.
Nevertheless, the Irish are still set to
provide England with their toughest test yet under Jones and the
Australian said: "Playing our first game at Twickenham after two away
fixtures will be huge for us.
"We're determined to put in a strong performance against a clever Irish side who are the benchmark of European rugby," he added.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt is due to name his side later on Thursday.
England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Anthony Watson, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 James Haskell, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Joe Marler
Substitutes: 16 Jamie George, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Jack Clifford, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Elliot Daly, 23 Alex Goode