George Ford eyes England chance against Ireland but Ollie Chessum out

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George Ford is in contention for a first Test appearance in 12 months after England declared the fly-half “fit and ready” for the trip to Dublin on Saturday, but Ollie Chessum has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

Ford was released back to Sale last week to continue his return from a long-term achilles injury, but he played 80 minutes on Sunday and has been retained in the England squad this week along with Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell as Steve Borthwick keeps his options open. With Ollie Lawrence also ruled out with a hamstring injury, Manu Tuilagi is expected to feature for the first time in this championship with Borthwick shuffling his midfield again.

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Written by Gerard Meagher
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