Brian O'Driscoll
O'Driscoll win a record-equaling 139th international cap against England.

England play Ireland in the 2014 Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

England v Ireland is live on BBC One and BBC One HD from 4pm on Saturday 21 February. Live commentary is on BBC Radio 5 Live. Highlights are available on the BBC Red Button from 9:30pm.


In a potentially defining contest of the Six Nations, England return to Twickenham to host an Ireland team who are two from two.

Wins over Scotland and Wales means Ireland have the title within their sights, but they must repeat their win at Twickenham in 2010 in order to hold off an England side who reignited their own hopes with victory over Scotland.

Joe Schmidt's side possess a total of 724 Test caps, over double that of their opponents and have two former British and Irish Lions captains in Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell in their ranks, as well as the in-form Jonny Sexton who will eye breaking down England inexperienced back line.

In Jonny May and Luther Burrell, England have youthful exuberance and with back-to-back matches at home Stuart Lancaster's side are slowly edging their way into contention.

Another injury has befallen Lancaster's side though with Dan Cole ruled out, while Ireland are unbeaten from dismantling holders Wales last time out with O'Driscoll starting in the centre to earn a record-equalling 139th international cap.

What the Coaches Say

Stuart Lancaster: "We certainly respect the Ireland team at the moment, the way they are playing. Brian's clearly a key component of that.

"He's an excellent player and an excellent ambassador for his country and for the sport so we respect him, but we're at Twickenham and we're confident in the group we've got and we want to make sure we put on a show for the crowd. We want to be on the front foot, being English and being proud of it.

Joe Schmidt: "We play for silverware. We have some key performance indicators that give us feedback on how accurate we've been, but in the end we're results-driven because we have to be, the public are results driven and we would love to get a bit of silverware.

"I think we have been overrated as to how effective our tackle had been so we are going to have to be very, very effective in our first up tackle with the likes of Tom Wood, Billy Vunipola, Dylan Hartley carrying,"


England: 15-Brown, 14-Nowell, 13-Burrell, 12-Twelvetrees, 11-May, 10-Farrell, 9-Care; 1- Marler, 2-Hartley, 3-Wilson, 4-Launchbury, 5-Lawes, 6-Wood, 7-Robshaw (captain), 8-Vunipola

Replacements:16-T Youngs, 17-Vunipola, 18-Thomas, 19-Attwood, 20-Morgan, 21-Dickson, 22-Ford, 23-Goode

Ireland: 15-Kearney, 14-Trimble, 13-O'Driscoll, 12-D'Arcy, 11-Kearney, 10-Sexton, 9-Murray; 1-Healy, 2-Best, 3-Ross, 4-Toner, 5-O'Connell (captain), 6-O'Mahony, 7-Henry, 8-Heaslip.

Replacements:16-Cronin, 17-McGrath, 18-Moore, 19-Henderson, 20-Murphy, 21-Boss, 22-Jackson, 23-McFadden.