England v Ireland: Eddie Jones' side to clinch World Cup warm-up win at Twickenham

England's George Ford and Owen Farrell
England continue their World Cup preparation at home to Ireland
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Simon Mail previews the latest World Cup warm-ups featuring England's home clash against Ireland at Twickenham...

"England will have positive memories of the most recent game against Ireland after their 32-20 win in Dublin on the opening weekend of this year's Six Nations. It was one of their most impressive performances under Eddie Jones and sets them up strongly for this weekend."

England v Ireland
Saturday, 15:00
Live on Sky Sports Action

England still searching for consistency

England's preparations for next month's World Cup continue this weekend with a home clash against Ireland. Eddie Jones' side are still yet to find consistency as they aim to peak in time for Japan. England impressed in their 33-19 home victory over Wales, in their opening warm-up, but were beaten 13-9 in the return game in Cardiff last Saturday.

Jones has gone with a strong team for this weekend's match at Twickenham. Captain Owen Farrell returns to the side and starts in the same team as George Ford for the first time in more than a year. Farrell will play at inside centre alongside Manu Tuilagi with Ford at fly-half. Prop Joe Marler makes his first start since coming out of international retirement, while Mako Vunipola returns from injury on the bench.

Ireland aiming to rediscover peak form

Ireland disappointed this year in the Six Nations and Joe Schmidt will be looking to bow out with success at the World Cup. If the Irish can rediscover their 2018 form, which included a win against New Zealand, then they still have to be taken seriously as contenders. An experimental side eased to a 29-10 victory against Italy earlier this month although this is a significant step up in opposition.

Schmidt has also gone with a strong team for the game at Twickenham. Ross Byrne makes his full Test debut with the Leinster fly-half handed the chance to impress. Jordan Larmour moves from full-back to right wing while Garry Ringrose partners Bundee Aki at centre. Recently qualified lock Jean Kleyn earns another opportunity to win his place in the final 31-man squad after his debut against Italy.

England will have positive memories of the most recent game against Ireland after their 32-20 win in Dublin on the opening weekend of this year's Six Nations. It was one of their most impressive performances under Jones and sets them up strongly for this weekend. The hosts are worthy favourites and are fancied to win their final warm-up game at Twickenham.

Ireland are always dangerous opponents but may be in better shape for their back-to-back games against Wales which follow this match. England's last five victories against Ireland have all been by no more than 12 points with games between the teams invariably tight affairs. With only one more match to come after this, England can enhance their World Cup claims with a narrow win.

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Scotland v France
Saturday, 13:10
Live on Premier Sports

Scotland look to respond after dismal showing

Scotland started their World Cup warm-ups in desperate fashion after a 32-3 defeat in France. Gregor Townsend's side were all over the place in Nice and need a big reaction this weekend at Murrayfield. It was the same old story for Scotland with their brittleness away from home exposed by France.

It is hard to know what to expect from France on a weekly basis but Jacques Brunel's side produced a dominant display in their one-sided win last week. France scored five tries, including two from Maxime Medart, as they bombarded Scotland. Few will get carried away with this performance though as France have also been guilty of lacking consistency in recent years.

With Finn Russell returning to the backline, Scotland should produce a strong response to last week's dire defeat. Scotland are a different animal on home soil and have won their last two games against France at Murrayfield. A fierce backlash is anticipated and the hosts can lead at half-time and full-time which inflates their odds to 6/5.

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