England take on Ireland at Croke Park

England take on Ireland at Croke Park tomorrow in a match which will make or break both teams' 6 Nations seasons. Martin Johnson will be hoping that his players can build upon the positive display they put in during the narrow loss to Wales while Ireland are dreaming of Grand Slam glory.

While England were hammered in the same fixture two-years ago, fans will be hoping that the selection of Toby Flood at out-half can add a cutting edge to England's back line where Paul Sackey and Delon Armitage have done well so far with the scraps they've been provided.

The main concern for England is the form of their captain Steve Borthwick. He has been overshadowed by his opponents in the opening two games against Italy and Wales and needs to give the performance of his life tomorrow against Ireland lock Paul O'Connell.

In contrast Ireland look the real deal this year with captain Brian O'Driscoll rolling back the years to show the form that earned him a place on the last two Lions tours.

Ireland: Rob Kearney, Tommy Bowe, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Paddy Wallace, Luke Fitzgerald, Ronan O'Gara, Tomas O'Leary, Marcus Horan, Jerry Flannery, John Hayes, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell, Stephen Ferris, David Wallace, Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: Rory Best, Tom Court, Mick O'Driscoll, Denis Leamy, Peter Stringer, Gordon D'Arcy, Geordan Murphy. England: D Armitage; P Sackey, M Tindall, R Flutey, M Cueto; T Flood, H Ellis ; A Sheridan, L Mears , P Vickery , S Borthwick (capt), N Kennedy, J Haskell, J Worsley, N Easter. Replacements: D Hartley, J White, T Croft, L Narraway, D Care, A Goode, M Tait.

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