England change two for decider

Stuart Lancaster has made two changes to the England backline ahead of their Six Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

Alex Goode has been named at fullback in place of Mike Brown, who failed to recover from a concussion sustained against Italy. Meanwhile, Jack Nowell comes onto the left wing in place of Jonny May, who has been dropped after two disappointing performances.

The only other change to the match-day squad sees prop Henry Thomas come onto the bench in place of the injured Kieron Brookes.

'We’ve made minimal changes as we felt the squad have performed well in the first two games,' said Lancaster.

'Alex is in good form for Saracens and has been training well over the last few weeks, as has Jack, who's also playing well for Exeter.

'Both have been pushing hard for selection and I'm sure will seize their chance against a high-quality Ireland side.'

England – 15 Alex Goode, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 James Haskell, 5 George Kruis, 4 David Attwood, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Subs: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Nick Easter, 20 Tom Croft, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Billy Twelvetrees.

Six Nations teams (Round 3)

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