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Fantasy Rugby: Six must-have backs for your team in Round 5

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Publish Date : 2021-03-19 20:27:52
Fantasy Rugby: Six must-have backs for your team in Round 5

England will be hoping to go out with a bang when they face Ireland in Dublin this Saturday. Only Wales or France can be crowned 2021 Guinness Six Nations champions but England and Ireland are both in the running for a second place finish. With pride (and place money) at stake, it should be cracking afternoon of rugby. The match kicks off at 4.45pm on the ITV (free in the UK and Ireland). Follow our guide on how to watch a Ireland vs England live stream from anywhere in the world.





Wayne Pivac’s team have built momentum throughout the Championship, but now face the tallest of tasks, winning on the road in Paris to clinch the Grand Slam.

You have to go back to 1971 for the last time they completed a clean sweep away from Cardiff, coincidentally doing so in Colombes against France that year, and in the 2021 version of Les Bleus, they face the only team who can deny them the title.

Fabien Galthié’s men, beaten at the last by England last weekend, know that they will need to bounce back on Saturday to keep their Championship ambitions alive ahead of their rearranged meeting with Scotland.

The Scots, meanwhile, open up Super Saturday in Edinburgh looking to bounce back from successive home defeats, by a combined five points.

They welcome an Italian side desperate to finish their campaign on a high at the setting of their first away victory in the Championship.

Attention will then turn to Dublin where CJ Stander will have his Championship swansong against an England team back on form after victory over France.

That has all the makings of a thriller before the pièce de résistance at the Stade de France on Saturday evening.

Scotland will have some regrets over both of their home defeats so far, losing to Wales by two points before Johnny Sexton’s late penalty denied them last time out.

Against Italy they will be aiming for redemption and will do so with a much-changed side, most notably with Stuart Hogg starting at fly-half for the first time at Test level in the absence of Finn Russell.

He has a new half-back partner in Scott Steele, while there are injuries in the second row meaning starts for alliterative duo Sam Skinner and Grant Gilchrist.

Elsewhere Huw Jones is rewarded for his try-scoring effort against Ireland with a start, while Darcy Graham comes into the back three and Dave Cherry and Zander Fagerson slot into the front row.

Italy have made a number of changes of their own with full-back Edoardo Padovani promoted to the starting side after impressing off the bench last time out.

Federico Mori makes his first Test start in the No.12 jersey, while Marco Riccioni and Federico Ruzza will bolster the pack.

On the bench Riccardo Favretto could make his Test debut while Marco Zanon returns to the matchday 23.

England head coach Eddie Jones has named his squad for their final 2021 Guinness Six Nations match this weekend at the Aviva Stadium. Elliot Daly has earned an England recall and will start at outside centre in the only change for the trip to the Emerald Isle. 

Daly started England’s first three matches at full-back but was dropped to the bench for the Red Roses' 23-20 win against France in Round 4. Centre Henry Slade misses out with a calf injury.

“This is our most important game of the tournament and we want to finish well,” Jones told BBC Sport. “We’re anticipating a hard, tough game against Ireland and we’ve picked this team to cope with that. We want to take it to Ireland physically and play the rugby we want to play.”

Meanwhile, Ireland will be hoping to give CJ Stander a winning send-off this weekend. The 31-year-old is rejecting an IRFU contract extension to return to his family in South Africa. 

“All professional sports people are told ‘You will know when the time is right to hang up your boots’,” said Stander. “For me that time has come. I came to the realisation that my commitment to rugby has started to take an unfair toll on my family."

Head coach Andy Farrell has made sweeping changes for Ireland’s final match of the 2021 Six Nations against defending champions England. The big news? Conor Murray returns to the starting line-up in place of Jamison Gibson-Park to form a half-back pairing with skipper Johnny Sexton. Bundee Aki comes in at inside centre, replacing the injured Garry Ringrose, and Robbie Henshaw shifts to the No.13 jersey.

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