Sport Moody calls for Genge 'fire' to be unleashed on Ireland
Finn Russell reveals depth of rift with Gregor Townsend and won't return to Scotland unless changes made
Scotland stand-off Finn Russell has spoken publicly for the first time about the breakdown of his relationship with national head coach Gregor Townsend. The Racing 92 playmaker has not been involved in the first two Six Nations games, the second of which was a 13-6 loss to England at a rainy and windswept Murrayfield yesterday, after what was alleged as a drinking session two weeks before the opening 19-12 defeat by Ireland in Dublin on the opening weekend. He left the team hotel that Sunday evening and didn't show for training the next day.
Lewis Moody wants England head coach Eddie Jones to unleash the "fire" of Ellis Genge on Ireland in a blockbuster Six Nations battle on Sunday.
Genge came off the bench to score a late try that ensured England regained the Calcutta Cup with a 13-6 victory over fierce rivals Scotland at Storm Ciara-battered Murrayfield last time out.
Powerhouse prop Mako Vunipola is unavailable for family reasons for a pivotal round-three showdown at Twickenham this weekend, so either Genge or Joe Marler are set to come into the starting line-up.
Former England flanker Moody wants to see Genge, who described critics of the Rugby World Cup runners-up as "sausages" after the win over Scotland, in the front row from the start.
Firefighters rescue people and livestock from flood waters in NI
Following Storm Ciara, a new yellow weather warning has now come into effect across Northern Ireland for wind, snow and ice until midnight on Tuesday.The region was lashed with strong winds and heavy rain across the weekend.
Speaking to Omnisport ahead of the England v Ireland Rugby Legends Charity Match at Twickenham Stoop, Moody said: "I love Genge, I just think he's something different, as is Marler.
"From a character point of view they are both very authentic, unique individuals. From a playing point of view Ellis just brings some proper fire, he's got that fire in his belly.
"You can see how hungry he is, how passionate he is for his team to do well. He's totally bought into that, you can see that with the post-match chat after the Scotland game, where he was clearly upset people were attacking his coach and his team.
"I like that sort of spirit in a player. Whether he's technically the best scrummager, I'm probably not a good enough artiste of the front row to be able to give enough information on that, but in terms of an individual I'd want him in my team, he'd be on the starting sheet."
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Moody says the return to fitness of centre Manu Tuilagi is a major boost for England, particularly with Billy Vunipola unable to play any part in the tournament due to a broken arm.
The World Cup winner added: "For England, it will be enormous. Without Billy Vunipola and Manu it's a different proposition without that ball carrying. They get those extra yards every time and that ability to offload.
"Manu coming in would go some way to reinstilling that momentum in the England attack, it feels like it's been missing for the last two games - obviously you have to take into account the conditions against Scotland."
Hartley says weekend's events threaten to 'end rugby as you know it'
The former England captain has has his say on a number of incidents that sparked controversy as England beat Scotland on Saturday.Before the match, England were met with a wall of abuse as they entered Murrayfield. High performance manager Neil Craig was hit on the head with a plastic bottle, with some dispute over whether the bottle was thrown or blown by the heavy winds.
- The England v Ireland Rugby Legends Charity Match will take place at Twickenham Stoop on February 22, kick-off 17.30 and will be raising money for Restart Rugby, RFU Injured Players Fund and the Tom Smith Testimonial Committee. Visit http://tickets.quins.co.uk for tickets and more information.
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