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Six Nations: Hartley returns for England’s clash against Ireland

England captain Dylan Hartley will return from injury to replace Jamie George at hooker for their final Six Nations match against Ireland.

Kyle Sinckler will also make his first start of the tournament, while Saracens lock George Kruis partners Maro Itoje in the second row.

Richard Wigglesworth starts at scrum-half, with Danny Care dropped to the bench.

Eddie Jones’ says his side are looking forward to putting their two previous defeats behind them.

“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 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.”

Meanwhile, Ireland have included Iain Henderson in the second row, replacing Devin Toner.

Joe Schmidt’s side have already secured the Six Nations title, but a win at Twickenham would seal the Grand Slam.


They include winger Jacob Stockdale, who set a new record for tries by an Irish player in a Six Nations tournament with his brace against Scotland.

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