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Lawes to captain England against Ireland

Courtney Lawes will lead England in Dublin this Saturday, as the side play their penultimate Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland. 

The 34-year-old will earn his 99th England cap at the Aviva Stadium (Saturday 19 August, kick-off: 5.30pm), taking on the captain’s armband as he starts in England’s back row.

Following their narrow 19-17 victory over Wales last weekend, England will be looking for their third win of the summer – with a final clash against Fiji in a week’s time their last preparation before heading to the Rugby World Cup. 

Head coach Borthwick said: “It is a great challenge against the number one ranked team in the world and we are all excited for this fixture. The game will be excellent preparation for us ahead of the Rugby World Cup.”  

Saturday’s Summer Nations Series clash against Ireland will be shown live and exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

IRELAND vs ENGLAND
Saturday 19 August, 2023
2023 Summer Nations Series
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 5.30pm

15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 24 caps)
14. Anthony Watson (unattached, 55 caps)
13. Joe Marchant (Stade Francais, 17 caps)
12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 51 caps)
11. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 58 caps)
10. George Ford – vice-captain (Sale Sharks, 83 caps)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 123 caps)

1. Ellis Genge – vice-captain (Bristol Bears, 50 caps)
2. Jamie George (Saracens, 78 caps)
3. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 27 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 68 caps)
5. David Ribbans (Toulon, 6 caps)
6. Courtney Lawes © (Northampton Saints, 98 caps)
7. Ben Earl (Saracens, 16 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 69 caps)
 
Replacements:
16. Theo Dan (Saracens, 1 cap)
17. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 80 caps)
18. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 62 caps)
19. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps)
20. Jack Willis (Toulouse, 11 caps)
21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 88 caps)  
22. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 22 caps)
23. Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)

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