10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Despite being sidelined for over a month, Phil Vickery returns to the front row at the expense of Julian White.
There are nine changes from the team which lost to Ireland in the autumn international, six in the pack where Ireland will be facing a completely changed tight five.
Martin Johnson retains the captaincy despite the controversy of last weekend when the Leicester lock was caught on TV punching Saracen hooker Robbie Russell and there is a place on the bench for his club colleague Lewis Moody, recentlly cleared of a stamping charge brought by Leinster for an incident in the Heineken Cup.
England. Jason Robinson (Sale); Austin Healey (Leicester), Will Greenwood (Harlequins), Mike Tindall (Bath), Ben Cohen (Northampton); Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle), Kyran Bracken (Saracens); Joe Worsley (Wasps), Neil Back (Leicester), Richard Hill (Saracens); Ben Kay (Leicester), Martin Johnson (Leicester, capt); Phil Vickery (Gloucester), Steve Thompson (Northampton), Graham Rowntree (Leicester Tigers).
Replacements: Dorian West (Leicester), Jason Leonard (Harlequins), Danny Grewcock (Bath), Lewis Moody (Leicester), Nick Duncombe (Harlequins), Charlie Hodgson (Sale), Iain Balshaw (Bath)