Immanuel Feyi-Waboso to make first England start against Ireland in Six Nations clash

Immanuel Feyi-Waboso training in the gym
Immanuel Feyi-Waboso has been one of England's stand-out players - Getty Images/Dan Mullan

Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, the explosive Exeter Chiefs winger, is in line to make his first England start against Ireland on Saturday, less than a year after turning out for Taunton Titans in National League 1.

Telegraph Sport understands that Feyi-Waboso is poised to replace Elliot Daly in the back three while fit-again scrum-half Alex Mitchell is set to partner George Ford in the half-backs. Head coach Steve Borthwick will confirm his team on Thursday lunchtime as England desperately seek to avoid a fourth consecutive two-win Six Nations campaign.

Cardiff-born Feyi-Waboso was at the centre of a tug-of-war between Wales and England but committed to Borthwick’s side coming into this year’s Six Nations Championship. After making his debut as a replacement against Italy, Feyi-Waboso made an eye-catching cameo off the bench in the loss to Scotland, scoring England’s second try and injecting some much needed energy into a moribund attack. Hard hitting forward George Martin is also expected to be called up and will start in the second row.

Immanuel Feyi-Waboso scores a try against Scotland
Feyi-Waboso scores a try against Scotland - Getty Images/Dan Mullan

The 21-year-old missed England’s training camp in York last week as he was taking an exam at Exeter University where he is studying a medical degree. He faces another exam three days following the conclusion of the Six Nations.

Feyi-Waboso started playing regular Premiership rugby only at the start of this season for Exeter, who he joined following Wasps’ slide in administration in 2022. Exeter initially loaned him to Taunton but since coming into the first team, he has taken every challenge in his stride. Having been accused of encasing the team in a “data straightjacket”, the probable promotion of Feyi-Waboso shows that Borthwick can still be bold with his team selection.

Grand Slam-chasing Ireland come to Twickenham as 1-6 favourites with Andy Farrell’s team seeking a fifth successive win over England. A bonus-point victory would secure back-to-back titles for Farrell’s men.

Mitchell is in line to replace Danny Care, who needs one more Test to reach 100 caps for England, in the starting XV, while the fit again Marcus Smith will have to settle for a place on the bench behind George Ford having last played seven weeks ago for Harlequins.

At full-back, Borthwick must choose between persevering with the counter-attacking threat of George Furbank or restoring Freddie Steward to provide high-ball security against Ireland’s strong kicking game.

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