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Six Nations 2024: Ireland's quartet battle it out to take on England at Twickenham

Six Nations 2024: Ireland's quartet battle it out to take on England at Twickenham

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Keenan practiced with a heavily bandaged knee on Tuesday

Guinness Six Nations: England v Ireland

place: Twickenham Stadium, London date: Saturday 9 March Starting: 16:45 GMT

coverage: Listen to BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sounds and BBC Radio Ulster; Live text updates, reporting, reactions and highlights on the BBC Sport website and app

Ireland's Hugo Keenan, Gary Ringrose, Ollie Jagr and Ian Henderson are all in contention to face England in the Six Nations on Saturday after training with the squad in Dublin on Tuesday.

Center Ringrose has yet to appear this year due to a shoulder issue.

Second-row Henderson had a toe injury while prop Jagr, who made his debut off the bench against Wales, had a knee problem.

“We were all on the field today, it was amazing,” scrum coach John Fogarty told reporters at the Irish's Dublin training base on Tuesday.

“Gary, Hugo, Hendi, they all trained today, and Ole too.

“So, yes, it's an important day for us to be on the field. The team's health training today is important for selection and it was great to have them all on the field.”

Ciaran Frawley featured in Keenan's line-up against Wales while Robbie Henshaw partnered Bandy Ake in midfield in Ringrose's absence.

When asked about Keenan specifically, Fogarty added: “We have another training session tomorrow, the most physical session of the week, where we will properly test our plan and the players.

“So we'll see how he handles it tomorrow and then Andy [Farrell, head coach] He will choose his side [on Thursday]”.

Ireland top the Six Nations table after three bonus-point victories against France, Italy and Wales.

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Ireland prepares for the “chaotic” Twickenham “cauldron”

Ireland, bidding for back-to-back Grand Slam titles, have won their past four matches against England, who last lost to Scotland.

While Ireland are the favorites before Saturday's match, Fogarty expects to face the England team fueled by the atmosphere inside the “cauldron” of Twickenham.

“It's a great place to play rugby,” Fogarty said of Twickenham.

“The England team, getting up and playing at Twickenham. I know they will be hurting from the last game but they will be very proud to go and play in front of their home fans.

“It's a cauldron, the stadium generates an enormous amount of noise which can cause chaos in the minds of the players.

“It's a huge competition, but where we are now is probably getting ready for that cauldron and that energy that is Twickenham.

“That's what's on the players' minds, is trying to make sure we're the best version of ourselves.”

After finishing third in last year's Rugby World Cup, England began this year's Six Nations with wins over Italy and Wales.

Asked about his thoughts on England so far this year, Fogarty said: “You can see the power play, you can see the energy in the group.

“I'm sure they will feel like they haven't represented themselves to the best of their abilities yet.

“What an occasion to click and show. It's a good coaching group, they are clear about what they need to do and there is a lot of strength on their side.

“We are very aware of the mindset we need to have to make sure we can perform with that pressure.”

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