12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
When these teams met at Croke Park last year, it was a hard-fought encounter that eventually went Ireland's way on a 14-13 scoreline.
Team captain Brian O'Driscoll led by example that day with a try and a drop goal, with out-half Ronan O'Gara supplying two penalty goals.
We will have live text commentary direct from Twickenham of Ireland's third match of the 2010 Championship, with lock Donncha O'Callaghan returning from a knee injury and full-back Geordan Murphy and hooker Rory Best replacing the sidelined Rob Kearney (injured) and Jerry Flannery (suspended) respectively.
Out-half Jonathan Sexton is also hoping to flourish on his first RBS 6 Nations start.
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There will be full live text and score updates throughout the coverage as Ireland look to chalk up their thirteenth Test win in 16 matches under Declan Kidney.
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