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Toby Flood chosen at fly-half for Ireland clash

Toby Flood has been picked ahead of Andy Goode at fly-half for England's 6 Nations clash with Ireland at Croke Park on Saturday. The switch at number 10 is the only change to the starting XV which lost out to Wales a fortnight ago.

Flood changed the game when he replaced Goode at Cardiff and the Leicester out-half should provide England's back line with greater width. Martin Johnson will be looking for an improved performance from his team against an unbeaten Ireland side brimming with confidence.

Fans and management alike will be hoping that the inclusion of Flood over Goode can provide England with a greater cutting edge in the middle of the park and give them the opportunity to test Ireland's midfield defence.

England team to play Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations championship at Croke Park on Saturday, February 28: D Armitage (London Irish); P Sackey (Wasps), M Tindall (Gloucester), R Flutey (Wasps), M Cueto (Sale Sharks); T Flood (Leicester), H Ellis (Leicester); A Sheridan (Sale Sharks), L Mears (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps), S Borthwick (Saracens, capt), N Kennedy (London Irish), J Haskell (Wasps), J Worsley (Wasps), N Easter (Harlequins). Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton), J White (Leicester), T Croft (Leicester), L Narraway (Gloucester), D Care (Harlequins), A Goode (Brive), M Tait (Sale Sharks).

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