Toner’s revival under Andy Farell has been popularly received after the long-serving second row was axed by Joe Schmidt for the World Cup in Japan to accommodate project player Jean Kleyn.
Farrell had initially named an unchanged starting team for Twickenham following the round two win over Wales, keeping faith with the XV that win 24-14 and making only a single alteration to the bench where Caelan Doris came in for Max Deegan.
Breaking: Late change to Ireland team. Iain Henderson @HendersonIain ruled out for family reasons. Devin Toner @DevinToner4 will start with Ultan Dillane @Ultan_Dillane named in the replacements.#ShoulderToShoulder #ENGvIRE #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/rdKGadYQQJ
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 21, 2020
Rookie Doris earned his debut cap when starting the championship opener versus Scotland but he was concussed in the opening minutes, allowing Peter O’Mahony to come off the bench and reclaim the starting spot he had lost to the young Leinster back row.
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