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Sport England lose two forwards for Twickenham showdown with Ireland

14:53  12 march  2018
14:53  12 march  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien struggling to be fit for Grand Slam tilt

  Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien struggling to be fit for Grand Slam tilt Seán O'Brien is losing his race to be fit in time for Ireland's remaining two Six Nations games against Scotland and England, after Leinster confirmed that the 31-year-old would not play for them this weekend. Following Saturday's win over Wales, Joe Schmidt insisted that O'Brien was "on the cusp" of returning for Leinster against the Scarlets on Saturday but the province have moved to quickly dampen those expectations. O'Brien hasn't played since suffering a hip injury in the Champions Cup win over Exeter back in December.

The Twickenham crowd had only seen one solitary England try in the previous two years, and at half-time against Ireland they were 0–3 down . He dropped it and the ball rolled forward , gifting England a penalty that proved to be the last score of the game.

Grand Slam glory as Ireland dominate England in Twickenham . From there Ireland worked their way up the field but conceded a penalty and then lost Aki to another HIA.

a football player on a field: Hughes suffered a knee injury in Paris yesterday. © Dan Mullan Hughes suffered a knee injury in Paris yesterday.

NATHAN HUGHES AND Courtney Lawes have been left out of England’s squad to face Ireland after the pair suffered knee injuries in the Six Nations defeat to France.

Hughes limped out of the first half of the 22-16 reverse at the Stade de France, while England have also now confirmed a knock for Lawes, with neither included in a 32-man selection.

Both forwards are set for scans on Monday, with Exeter Chiefs’ Don Armand called up.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 10: Courtney Lawes of England during the NatWest 6 Nations Crunch match between France and England at Stade de France on March 10, 2018 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images) © Getty PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 10: Courtney Lawes of England during the NatWest 6 Nations Crunch match between France and England at Stade de France on March 10, 2018 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Captain Dylan Hartley missed the Paris loss with a tight calf, but he is included as England look to deny Ireland a Grand Slam at Twickenham.

Nowell and Underhill ruled out of France clash and Hartley is England doubt

  Nowell and Underhill ruled out of France clash and Hartley is England doubt The England skipper’s injury is being monitored ahead of Thursday’s team announcement.Forwards coach Steve Borthwick has revealed that Hartley is struggling with muscle tightness in his leg, while Nowell and Underhill have been afflicted by respective ankle and toe injuries sustained in training over the weekend.

• England 15-24 Ireland • Jacob Stockdale breaks championship try-scoring record. Paul Rees at Twickenham . So much so that the Ireland No 8 CJ Stander carried the ball for the same distance as England ’s eight forwards combined in the first half: 32m.

Have England and Ireland created a two -tier Championship? A win at Twickenham could see England finish second , but the 2018 campaign has undoubtedly belonged to the men in green. Fading french and inconsistent wales. Wales lost just one game in both 2015 and 2016

Sam Simmonds, on the bench against France, is not in the squad preparing for Saturday’s match, when the hosts will be out to avoid a third consecutive loss.

It is a game that also affords Eddie Jones’ side the chance to gain some revenge for last year’s Six Nations reverse against Ireland, which denied England a second Grand Slam on the bounce.

Forwards: Don Armand, Dan Cole, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Charlie Ewels, Jamie George, Dylan Hartley, James Haskell, Alec Hepburn, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Joe Marler, Chris Robshaw, Sam Simmonds, Kyle Sinckler, Mako Vunipola.

Backs: Mike Brown, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Nathan Earle, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Alex Lozowski, Jonny May, Henry Slade, Marcus Smith (apprentice player), Denny Solomona, Ben Te’o, Anthony Watson, Richard Wigglesworth.

How can Ireland secure their fourth Six Nations title with a round to spare this weekend?

  How can Ireland secure their fourth Six Nations title with a round to spare this weekend? Undefeated Ireland boast a five-point lead over England in the Six Nations standings and could win the title this weekend in advance of a St Patrick's Day trip to Twickenham.That was, of course, until round three, when Glasgow Warriors centre Huw Jones inspired Gregor Townsend's Scotland to a first home Calcutta Cup win for 14 years to inflict only the second loss of Eddie Jones' reign, end any hopes of a Grand Slam or Triple Crown and deal a potentially significant blow to underpar England's chances of winning a record third successive title.

This is Ireland 's third Grand Slam (Getty Images). They also made a bizarre call to throw to the tail after two good mauls were at the front, and lost the ball with a bullet of an overthrow from Dylan Hartley. Ireland beat England at Twickenham to complete Grand Slam.

Jacob Stockdale became the first player to score seven tries in a Six Nations tournament as England ’s veterans rated poorly at Twickenham .

Six Nations team of round 4 (Read Sport)

Six Nations: Team of Round 4: After another scintillating weekend of Six Nations action, Ireland took the tournament win after England’s disappointing display in Paris. Wales defeated Italy to remain in the hunt for second place. Here’s our team of round 4 from all six sides. Six Nations: Team of Round 4

World Rugby asked to consider reducing legal tackle height as number of concussions increase again .
World Rugby has been asked to consider reducing the height of the tackle in an eight-point action plan devised by the English game in response to another concerning report showing the brutal toll of injuries at professional level.And while there were concerns over injuries in training and on artificial grass pitches it was again the worry over concussion which dominated as it was the most common match injury for the sixth season running.

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