Nowell is expected to replace the struggling May for England’s clash with Ireland on Sunday.
Jack Nowell is expected to start for England in its Six Nations clash with Ireland in place of out-of-form wing Jonny May after he was named in the side for Sunday’s match in Dublin.
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According to the Telegraph, Nowell is expected to play at left wing in place of May, with the latter struggling in England’s win over Italy last time around.
It will be Nowell’s first start for England since the win over Italy in Rome in March last year, but his sensational form with Exeter Chiefs has not gone unnoticed by England coach Stuart Lancaster.
May was highly criticised after missing an easy overlap opportunity against Italy, with Lancaster singling the moment out in a post-match press conference.
Lancaster, who will name his starting side on Friday, says he is pleased with his side’s preparations for the Ireland clash.
“Preparation has gone well and we’ve had a good build-up so far,” Lancaster was quoted by the Telegraph.
“The guys who played against Wales and Italy did really well and the good thing is that others who are now fit and training are pushing hard for selection. We’ve had to make some tough decisions but it’s a good position to be in.”
Saracens full-back Alex Goode is also poised to start after Mike Brown suffered a setback in his recovery from concussion after an accidental collision with Italy’s Andrea Masi almost two weeks ago.