Ireland Prepares For Grand Slam Match ?>

Ireland Prepares For Grand Slam Match

The Grand Slam game between England and Ireland is in the spotlight for the rugby community this weekend. Both captains were pictured standing against the NatWest 6 Nations trophy though the winner is already decided. Ireland is the decided champions for the Six Nations 2018 trophy, but the Grand Slam is still a game that they would look to win. England was the winner of the game last year; the two teams meet with much anticipation and interest among the fans and followers.

Currently, as per the ranks of the 2018 Natwest 6 Nations championship, England stands at 3rd position while Ireland is at first. For the match this Saturday, 17th March 2018, head coach of Ireland, Joe Schmidt made a single change in his team’s arrangement, bringing Iain Henderson in the second row. He ensures that the same lock pairing remains from the win, they had against France in the first round when Henderson and James Ryan started and Devin Toner provided the backup.

Rory Best as the captain, this would be his 60th appearance in a Championship match. He would captain from the front and be flanked by props such as Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy. Other players like CJ Stander, Dan Leavy and others remain as loose forwards. The backline remains unchanged for the team, including Jacob Stockdale the winger and try scorer as well as Jonathan Sexton, who is an out half and second top points scorer. The replacement bench of players remains unchanged. Schmidt says that there is nervousness as well as anticipation as the magnitude of the game weighs on the players, but they have had time to relax and recover after the intense game they played against Scotland. If they win it would be their second victory at this venue since 2010.

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