Rugby: Twelvetrees keeps his starting slot for England

LONDON (REUTERS) - Centre Billy Twelvetrees has kept his place in England's starting team to face Ireland in Dublin on Sunday, with Manu Tuilagi named on a strong-looking replacements bench after recovering from an ankle injury.

Twelvetrees made an impressive try-scoring debut at inside centre in last week's 38-18 victory over Scotland and with Brad Barritt at 13 key to organising England's defence against the threat of Brian O'Driscoll, coach Stuart Lancaster opted to use Tuilagi as an impact substitute.

James Haskell was named at blindside flanker as Ben Morgan is out with a twisted ankle, while Tom Wood switched to number eight and Thomas Waldrom was called in to the replacements in the only other changes announced by Lancaster on Friday.

Tuilagi, man of the match in England's stunning victory over world champions New Zealand two months ago, could wreak havoc from the bench on a tiring defence.

"A lot of the players performed very well and with Manu coming back into the equation it gave us some selection decisions," Lancaster said in a statement.

"But with the centres playing well last week and Manu still returning to match fitness, having not played for the last four weeks, he and others will give us great options from the bench."

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