Sixth cap but disappointment for Ollie Lawrence as England fall to Ireland

There was disappointment for Warriors centre Ollie Lawrence after the bonus of making an unexpected start for England ended with a 32-18 defeat at the hands of Ireland in Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Lawrence had been named as a replacement for the match but he was promoted to the starting XV after full-back Max Malins withdrew because of a leg injury.

It meant a fourth start and sixth international cap for Lawrence but there was little opportunity for him to impress as England suffered their third defeat in a tame defence of their Six Nations crown.

Ireland were 26-6 up at one stage before England rallied with tries from Ben Youngs and Jonny May after Ireland centre Bundee Aki had been sent off for a tackle that made contact with Billy Vunipola’s head.