10 Things to watch in England v Ireland: What to watch
In the run-up to the first Test between England and Ireland, the match-day squads were confirmed and the curtain was lifted.
And there were plenty of things to be watched, and discuss, in a game where the stakes are so high.
The match in Bristol, England is England’s biggest Test match since they won the first of their six World Cups in 1964.
It will be the last game in which the two nations will meet in a major international competition, and both will have lost five of their previous six matches.
But England are unbeaten in their past nine games, while Ireland have won just once in their last eight meetings.
It’s a daunting task to overcome in this competition, which the players will have to play to win.
They’ve been knocked out of the World Cup four times, and the last time the two sides met was in 1986.
This time there will be more pressure, as England look to add to their World Cup record of seven victories in the first seven matches of the tournament.
“I think the players know they’re going to be tested a lot in this tournament,” said England captain Chris Woakes.
“We have a chance to beat Ireland, but we have the quality to beat them. “
“So it’s an extremely difficult game, I think it’s going to make for a great Test.” “
For England, the stakes for this match are much higher than those for the rest of the group stage. “
So it’s an extremely difficult game, I think it’s going to make for a great Test.”
For England, the stakes for this match are much higher than those for the rest of the group stage.
The Six Nations are the biggest test of the autumn tour and the teams who finish in the top four will be guaranteed at least one World Cup spot.
The teams that finish outside that top four can still qualify for the tournament, and it will be up to the top two teams to decide which of them will play a quarter-final against each other.
And for the teams that do make it out of Group B, they’ll face Ireland on Wednesday (kick-off 14:00 GMT) in a semi-final match to determine who will be awarded the 2019 World Cup berth.
Ireland are currently second, four points clear of the play-off places, with France and the Czech Republic in third and fourth.
But Ireland have been hampered by injury to their key players, and they’ve conceded the most tries of any team in the tournament so far.
They have conceded 23 goals so far this season, and that total includes three of their own.
Ireland captain Rory Best has admitted that he expects a “good challenge” from England in the final, and he’s hopeful that England will play better in the match.
“The challenge will be there,” he said.
“There’s going in the teams we’ve got. “
So hopefully we can do well against them and we can win it. “
There’s going in the teams we’ve got.
So hopefully we can do well against them and we can win it.
That’s the most important thing, and if we can get that done then we’ll be very pleased.”
What you need to know about the Rugby Championship: England v Wales: key facts England have won their past five matches against Wales, winning all three of those meetings.
Wales have lost all four meetings between the sides.
Wales’ most recent victory was in December, when they beat England in Cardiff.
England have lost seven of their past 11 World Cup matches in this series.
Wales had won the last two of those matches, with the last coming in June.
What to expect from the Wales v England Rugby Championship?
Wales: James Hook (captain), Ben Youngs, Jack Nowell, Dylan Hartley, Ben Young, Rob Howley, Tom Youngs Wales: Ben Young (capt) and Owen Williams, Rhys Webb, Dan Biggar, Sam Warburton, Dan Cole, Tom Wood, Sam Davies, Jonathan Davies, Dan Lydiate, Owen Williams Wales: Rob Howlin, Jonathan Joseph, Ben Davies, Rhyan Grant, Rhiannon Cook, Rhuan Nicoll-Ross, Sam Cane, Dan Williams, Rob Webber, James Hook Wales: Rory Best (vice-captain) and Dan Cole Wales: Dylan Hartie, Rhydder Ben-i, Rhyce Carew, Ben Williams, Tom Williams, Sam Williams, Liam Williams, George North, Sam Heaslip, Gareth Anscombe, Rhw Jones, Rhun Williams, James Davies, James Robshaw, Rhymefest Wales: Rhys Davids, Gareth Davies, Owen Farrell, Sam Byram, Dan Sarginson, Rhwan Roberts, Ben Ford, Dan Jones, Rob Horne, Rhia Williams, Ben Morgan Wales: Tom Williams Wales, Rob Rhinos, Sam Price, Sam Hidal