Ireland names unchanged team to face England in Six Nations

Ireland name unchanged line-up for England game

U2 frontman Bono sought to fire up Ireland ahead of Sunday's Six Nations clash with England with a pep talk to the squad on what it means to be Irish.

Wales and France battle it out in a tasty affair on Saturday evening at 4.45pm whilst Scotland and Italy raise the curtain for the return of the global rugby after a week hiatus.

"The Six Nations is a contest competition".

Gregor Townsend's Scotland, still without the services of Finn Russell who was excluded from the camp, are too without a win in two, but do come into Round 3 as favourites.

"There's no guessing out there, the Six Nations is a pretty simple game. It was just a really cool evening".

A familiar face returns to Cardiff with France as former defence coach Shaun Edwards is now manning the defensive ranks with Les Bleus, who put in a sterling performance to repel England and claim an impressive victory in Round 1.

England will be hoping to manage without the influential duo as they take on an Irish side in search of a third win in a row and a Triple Crown after victories over Scotland and Wales already to their name.

Coral pick with Harry Aitkenhead: This should be an absolutely cracking game, with Wales formidable at home but the French playing some exceptional rugby at the moment. Everything looks set up for another nail biter.

Ireland's English coach Andy Farrell confessed to "being blown away" by the 59-year-old rock legend's pep talk at the team hotel on Tuesday.

"There are many different sides to Eddie".

Ireland are joint-top of the table with France after winning their first two games and will be out for revenge after losing to Eddie Jones' side twice past year.

Rónan Kelleher got some much-needed game-time for Leinster last weekend, but Rob Herring has played well in the opening two Six Nations wins and is likely to keep his place in the front-row alongside Healy and Tadhg Furlong.



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