Six Nations
Maro Itoje to make first England start against Ireland
Tom Hamilton
February 25, 2016

Maro Itoje has been handed his first England start in one of two changes ahead of Saturday's Six Nations match against Ireland at Twickenham.

Joe Marler starts at loose-head in place of Mako Vunipola while Itoje replaces the injured Joe Launchbury.

Courtney Lawes is named on the bench alongside Elliot Daly who will make his Test debut if given the nod from the replacements. 

Maro Itoje
Maro Itoje© David Rogers/Getty Images

England:


Brown, Watson, Joseph, Farrell, Nowell, Ford, Youngs; Marler, Hartley, Cole, Itoje, Kruis, Robshaw, Haskell, B. Vunipola

Bench: George, M. Vunipola, Hill, Lawes, Clifford, Care, Daly, Goode

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