Six Nations: Murphy inclusion only Ireland change for England game

Jordi Murphy in action in Ireland's opening Six Nations win over Italy earlier this month
Jordi Murphy replaces injured Jamie Heaslip at number eight for the Irish
RBS Six Nations: Ireland v England
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Jordi Murphy's inclusion in place of Jamie Heaslip is Ireland's only change from the win over France for Sunday's big Six Nations game against England.

Number eight Heaslip is ruled out by injury after being kneed in the back by France's Pascal Pape two weeks ago.

Murphy, who will be earning his seventh cap, started in Ireland's opening Six Nations win over Italy when Heaslip was missing because of a shoulder problem.

Jack McGrath remains at loose-head prop despite the claims of Cian Healy.

British and Irish Lions front-rower Healy is back in action after more than three months of hamstring trouble.

Healy was released to play for Leinster at the weekend after coming off the bench for Ireland's win over France.

However, coach Joe Schmidt has opted to retain Healy's Leinster colleague McGrath in the prop role in the potential Six Nations decider.

England fly-half George Ford

Ireland and England are the only teams in the championship who can still win the Grand Slam.

Heaslip cracked three vertebrae in Ireland's 18-11 victory over the French in an incident that earned lock Pape a 10-week ban.

The Ireland management are hopeful Heaslip, 31, will be fit for their next game against Wales in Cardiff on 14 March.

Murphy, 23, made his first Six Nations start in the game in Rome.

Eoin Reddan and Tommy O'Donnell return to the replacements bench after missing the game against France.

Schmidt insisted that McGrath had been selected on merit despite Healy's recent fitness issues.

"We did have temptation in a couple of areas, but when it comes to players who are performing in their slot, it's pretty hard to go past them in terms of selection.

"But, that said, no one owns a jersey.

Ireland's 2015 Six Nations matches
7 FebruaryItaly 3-26 Ireland
14 FebruaryIreland 18-11 France
1 MarchEngland (h)
14 MarchWales (a)
21 MarchScotland (a)

"Jack was probably the stand-out player for us against SA, and he has played his way right through.

"The coaching staff have genuine faith in him and Cian is still very short of game time."

Schmidt acknowledged that his team would miss Lions star Heaslip against a highly-rated England back row.

"We will miss Jamie Heaslip's experience to be honest. He's very much a big-game player with big-game temperament," said Schmidt.

"So it's a big challenge for Peter O'Mahony and Sean O'Brien to help Jordi map his way around the pitch.

"Jordi Murphy's very quiet, he doesn't really say a lot, gets on with the job and other people. He's a workaholic around the pitch."

Ireland: R Kearney (Leinster); T Bowe (Ulster), J Payne (Ulster), R Henshaw (Connacht), S Zebo (Munster); J Sexton (Racing Metro), C Murray (Munster); J McGrath (Leinster), R Best (Ulster), M Ross (Leinster); D Toner (Leinster), P O'Connell (Munster); P O'Mahony (Munster), S O'Brien (Leinster), J Murphy (Leinster).

Replacements: S Cronin (Leinster), C Healy (Leinster), M Moore (Leinster), I Henderson (Ulster), T O'Donnell (Munster), E Reddan (Leinster), I Madigan (Leinster), F Jones (Munster)

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