Steve Borthwick will be demanding a reaction from his stunned side after any encouraging signs of early progress in the new era were completely wiped away by a 53-10 humiliation at the hands of France in round four.
Such an emphatic loss was their heaviest-ever suffered at Twickenham and third-heaviest anywhere in the world, leaving the new head coach red-faced and fans understandably fearing the absolute worst ahead of an even tougher assignment on paper today.
Ireland are the best team on the planet at the moment by some distance and are just one more win away from a fourth Six Nations Grand Slam, second in five years and first-ever achieved in Dublin that would give Andy Farrell’s men supreme confidence of finally getting over their Rugby World Cup hurdle in France later this year.
But any unlikely slip-up from the relentless Men in Green could open the door for defending champions Les Bleus, who battle Wales in Paris earlier in the day.
How to watch Ireland vs England
TV channel: In the UK, Ireland vs England is being broadcast live on ITV, with coverage beginning at 4:30pm GMT ahead of a 5pm kick-off time.
Live stream: Fans can also catch the action as it happens live online via the ITVX app or ITV website.