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.
The much-anticipated encounter will afford him the chance to lock tactical horns with his 2001 British & Irish Lions team-mate Martin Johnson.
England manager Johnson is someone he holds in high regard.
"There is a steeliness to him. He's everything there is about hard, physical rugby. He's going to bring that edge back to their game.
"It will take time to turn that team around and people are getting on his back already but they'll be ready to come to Croke Park the second time around."