England vs Ireland, Rugby World Cup 2019 warm-up: What date is the game, what time does it start and what TV channel is it on?

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England will be hoping to carry on where they left off from February's Six Nations clash with Ireland - Getty Images Contributor
England will be hoping to carry on where they left off from February's Six Nations clash with Ireland - Getty Images Contributor

What is it?

England's World Cup preparations are already fully up and running, with a win and a loss to Wales already under their belt. Saturday's match at Twickenham is their penultimate warm-up fixture, with Italy to come on Friday 6 September at St James' Park, Newcastle.

Ireland, however, are yet to get fully up and running. A relative second-string side dispatched Italy comfortably ten days ago, and since then Joe Schmidt's squad has been at a warm-weather camp in the Algarve. They have back-to-back fixtures against Wales coming up, too, before the tournament kicks off properly on Friday 20 September.

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When is it?

Saturday 24 August

What time is kick-off?

3pm

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Main Event

What is the latest squad news?

It has become impossible to gauge what kind of team that England head coach Eddie Jones will pick, but considering first-choice players such as Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May, and Henry Slade are yet to start a match in this warm-up campaign, this weekend could provide their first opportunity. There is good news, too, in the fact that Mako Vunipola will be fit to play some part in this weekend's fixture. Ruaridh McConnochie, the uncapped wing picked in Eddie Jones' 31-man squad, has pulled out of the last two fixtures with hip and hamstring niggles, and so this weekend could be third time lucky.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be without Joey Carbery after the Munster fly-half suffered an ankle injury in the victory over Italy. He will be buoyed, however, by the news that Jonny Sexton will be fit to play in the match against England, but whether he will risk his play-making talisman remains to be seen.

What happened the last time the teams met?

England stormed Ireland's Aviva Stadium fortress with an emphatic 33-20 win on the opening weekend of the 2019 Six Nations. Two tries from Henry Slade, as well as one apiece for Jonny May and Elliot Daly, condemned tournament favourites Ireland to their first Six Nations home defeat since 2013. 

What are they saying?

Head coach Eddie Jones has promised a "different selection strategy" for this weekend:

“That’s what these games are for. 

“We went in [to Wales] with a particular strategy, we wanted to get our maul stronger and obviously the defence knows what you are going to do. If you add a few variations, it becomes harder to defend.

“We’ll definitely have a different selection strategy and definitely have a difference in the way we want to play [this weekend].”

While his captain, Owen Farrell, suggested that the preparations are still a work in progress:

“There’s a fair amount of experimentation.

“It’s not all guns blazing for everyone at the same time. As it gets closer and closer, I think you’ll start seeing the best of everyone and people will start showing what they are capable of come the World Cup.

“There’s plans in place. A lot of thought has gone into everything we do, behind the scenes, so that we build up to the World Cup, but we can’t deny that we want to win every game we’re playing.”

What are the betting odds?

  • England to win 4/9

  • Ireland to win 9/5

  • Draw 20/1

What is our prediction?

England do not often lose at Twickenham and, although Ireland will be welcoming back some of their front-line players, England's two Tests against Wales mean that they will be sharper and more battle-hardened.

Predicted score: England 24-20 Ireland

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