England v Ireland: Sam Simmonds will start at number 8 for the hosts

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Venue: Twickenham Dates:Saturday, March 12 Kick-off: 16:45 GMT
Coverage: Listen to BBC Radio 5 Live. Text commentary available on the BBC Sport website or app.

Sam Simmonds will be England's eighth player in Saturday's crucial game against Ireland at Twickenham.

Alex Dombrandt, the Exeter forward, takes Alex Dombrandt’s starting spot. The Harlequins backrow recently returned from Coivd-19 isolation.

Joe Launchbury is replacing Nick Isiekwe and will be making his first England appearance since December 2020.

Joe Marchant will be at 13 with Henry Slade as his partner in midfield. Harry Randall will start at nine.

England: Steward: Malins Marchant, Slade and Nowell; Smith; Randall; Genge; George, Sinckler.

Replacements: Blamire, Marler, Stuart, Launchbury, Dombrandt, Youngs, Ford, Daly.

We will keep you posted.

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