What is it?
England’s World Cup preparations are already fully up and running, with a win and a loss to Wales already under their belt. Saturday’s match at Twickenham is their penultimate warm-up fixture, with Italy to come on Friday 6 September at St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Ireland, however, are yet to get fully up and running. A relative second-string side dispatched Italy comfortably ten days ago, and since then Joe Schmidt’s squad has been at a warm-weather camp in the Algarve. They have back-to-back fixtures against Wales coming up, too, before the tournament kicks off properly on Friday 20 September.
When is it?
Saturday 24 August.
What time is kick-off?
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Main Event.
What is the latest squad news?
It has become impossible to gauge what kind of team that England head coach Eddie Jones will pick, but considering first-choice players such as Owen Farrell, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May, and Henry Slade are yet to start a match in this warm-up campaign, this weekend could provide their first opportunity. There is good news, too, in the fact that Mako Vunipola will be fit to play some part in this weekend’s fixture. Ruaridh McConnochie, the uncapped wing picked in Eddie Jones’ 31-man squad, has pulled out of the last two fixtures with hip and hamstring niggles, and so this weekend could be third time lucky.