|Six Nations 2019: Ireland v England|
|Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday 2 February Kick-off: 16:45 GMT|
|Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live and Radio Ulster, plus live text commentary & highlights on the BBC Sport website.|
Centre Manu Tuilagi will make his first Six Nations start since 2013 in the England team to face defending champions Ireland on Saturday.
The 27-year-old, who has suffered a string of injuries over the past few seasons, starts at 12 in the absence of injured Ben Te’o.
Elliot Daly is preferred at full-back to Mike Brown, who is left out of the 23-strong matchday squad.
George Kruis partners fellow Saracen Maro Itoje in the second row.
Owen Farrell starts at fly-half, with Henry Slade partnering Tuilagi in midfield and George Ford on the bench, while flankers Tom Curry and Mark Wilson make their first Six Nations appearances.
England have lost on four of their last five Six Nations visits to Dublin, with a 12-6 victory in 2013 their most recent success.
‘Impressive’ Tuilagi returns
Tuilagi has made only two replacement appearances for England since starting England’s defeat by New Zealand in Hamilton in June 2014.
During that time, he has been sidelined with chest, knee and hip problems, but has made an impressive return for Leicester this season, scoring six tries in 14 appearances for the Tigers, and gives England a powerful ball-carrying option in midfield.
“I just felt for this game the best option was to play Owen Farrell at 10 and Manu as a like-for-like replacement for Ben Te’o,” head coach Eddie Jones said.
“Manu has impressed us at the training camp, and is right to play.”
More to follow.
England team to face Ireland:
Daly; May, Slade, Tuilagi, Nowell; Farrell, Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Wilson, Curry, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Williams, Lawes, Hughes, Robson, Ford, Ashton