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England make five changes for Ireland clash

Brad Barritt returns to the England starting lineup for their final Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland.

England coach Stuart Lancaster has made five changes for Saturday's final Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland at Twickenham Stadium.

Saracens centre Brad Barritt returns to the starting XV after being out of the international fold for nearly a year through injury.

Anthony Watson, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood and Ben Morgan also come back in after missing the team's 25-20 defeat to France two weeks ago.

Luther Burrell, Jack Nowell, Joe Launchbury, James Haskell and Billy Vunipola are the quintet who make way.

"We are excited about this weekend and playing at home and it is another opportunity for these 23 players as we finalise our preparations for the Rugby World Cup," said Lancaster.

"It's great to see Brad back along with the guys that missed the Six Nations such as Ben Morgan, Joe Launchbury and Owen Farrell, who now have a Test match under their belts. It leaves us with lots of options both starting and from the bench.

"The players know that having made the 31 is not enough and we have seen in training how determined they are to be in that squad to play Fiji in the opening game of the tournament."

England team to face Ireland

Mike Brown, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Brad Barritt, Jonny May, George Ford, Ben Youngs, Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Courtney Lawes, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw, Ben Morgan
Replacements: Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Kieran Brookes, Joe Launchbury, Billy Vunipola, Richard Wigglesworth, Owen Farrell, Sam Burgess

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