Six Nations - Ford named in England squad for Ireland clash

George Ford has been named in England's matchday squad for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Ireland at Twickenham.

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Bath fly-half George Ford

Head coach Stuart Lancaster has included the uncapped Bath fly-half among the 23 to supply cover to Owen Farrell from the bench.

"We feel that the time is right to include George Ford in the match day squad," Lancaster said.

"A full three weeks of training as allowed him the chance to really understand the way we developing our game and this time is crucial, in order for him to feel confident and ready in a key decision-making and leadership position.

“We have successfully integrated and included many young players over the last two years and George is the next exciting talent to make his mark in the senior squad and we are a looking forward to see him develop over the next few months."

Ford’s clubmate David Wilson is also included for the first time this year after recovering from a calf injury, replacing the injured Dan Cole.

England squad to face Ireland (23)

Forwards (13)

David Attwood (Bath Rugby)

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)

Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Joe Marler (Harlequins)

Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)

Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)

Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

David Wilson (Bath Rugby)

Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs (10)

Mike Brown (Harlequins)

Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)

Danny Care (Harlequins)

Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)

Owen Farrell (Saracens)

George Ford (Bath Rugby)

Alex Goode (Saracens)

Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)

Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)

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