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England start with Tuilagi on the bench; IRELAND v ENGLAND TOMORROW 3PM.

ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster admitted the form of Billy Twelvetrees and Brad Barritt contributed to his decision to start fit-again centre Manu Tuilagi on the bench in Dublin.

Twelvetrees impressed on his RBS 6 Nations debut in the 38-18 win against Scotland last weekend when Tuilagi was sidelined by an ankle injury.

And Lancaster believes using Tuilagi as an impact player from the bench offers England their best chance of beating the Irish.

"The decision was made for me on Tuesday," Lancaster said. "Manu was injured on January 13 and his first onfield rugby session was Tuesday.

"To play a full 80 minutes against Ireland after that would be difficult for any player.

"I looked at the best way to give the team the best chance to win on Sunday and went with Manu off the bench. I'm sure he will be a handful.

"It (the decision) also says a lot about the performances by Billy and Brad last week as well.

"Billy was quietly pleased with his debut although he doesn't shout it from the rooftops. He gives us another dimension to our attacking game and he deserves to keep his place.

"Brad has been outstandingly consistent and had another good game for us at the weekend."

"When you weigh the situation up, when you look at what they (Twelvetrees and Barritt) have done and what Manu had not done then that was what led to the decision."

Sale prop Henry Thomas will travel to provide cover.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
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Date:Feb 9, 2013
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