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Wednesday 13 December 2017

England fans roll into town for crunch clash with boys in Green

Up TO 15,000 England fans are to descend on the capital ahead of their team's crunch Six Nations clash with Ireland tomorrow.

The old rivals take to the pitch at the Aviva Stadium for a 2pm kick-off against an in-form Irish side.

English supporters who have made the journey across the Irish Sea are confident that their boys can cause an upset.

"It's going to be close", said Andy Tassell who made the trip from Cheshire with a group of pals.

"I reckon England will pinch it 18-15, but I still think Wales will go on to win the competition," added the rugby fan.

Geoff Cowling, who was also part of the group, makes his third visit to Irish soil where he predicts his team will cruise to a 19-12 victory.

But the Englishmen revealed that the rugby wasn't the only reason the seventeen strong group crossed the Irish Sea.

"We love Temple Bar and the beer," he said, "Oliver St John Gogerty's is a favorite of ours - we really enjoy the folk music and dancing.

"Some of us have been here a few times and some of us are Ireland virgins, but I'm sure the first-timers will be back again too."

The lads might be tempted to head on down to Dublin hotspot Copper Face Jacks (inset above) who have rolled out the English flag bunting.

Owner Cathal Jackson told the Herald that fans of every sport are welcome at celebrity hangout but insisted "GAA will always be number one" at Coppers.

Just 5,000 tickets were made available to away fans for hotly anticipated game with touts expected to cash in due to demand across the water.

It appears that many diehard supporters ready to dig deep to secure their seat at the D4 venue.

Tickets that cost €80 at face value have appeared on sale for a colossal €1,966.94 on some websites.

Irish boss Joe Schmidt is expected to make just one change to the team that defeated France. Number 8 Jamie Heaslip has been ruled out through injury with his place likely to go to provincial teammate Jordi Murphy.

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