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Northampton’s prolific winger Chris Ashton replaces Matt Banahan, while Andrew Sheridan will make his first appearance for England since the RBS 6 Nations at the expense of Alex Corbisiero.
Tom Croft slots in at blindside flanker in place of Tom Wood who is relegated to the bench, while James Haskell takes advantage of Hendre Fourie’s omission from the World Cup squad to take the seven jersey.
More worryingly for Johnson, Ben Youngs is still not fit and concern will be mounting over whether he will be ready for England’s World Cup opener against Argentina in a fortnight.
However Johnson, who is desperate for a win to avenge the thumping defeat which cost England the Grand Slam back in March, insists England are in good shape heading into the World Cup in New Zealand.
“We expect a hugely competitive game in Dublin and it gives us the ideal run out before we depart for the World Cup,” said Johnson.
“These warm-up fixtures have been valuable in terms of our preparation for the World Cup, giving players game time together.
"We are pleased to see Andrew Sheridan back in the mix after working hard to get back to full fitness and he, along with Chris Ashton, will make his first start since meeting up in camp.
“Mike Tindall captains the side and, as he reaches another milestone in the game [equalling Will Carling’s record for most England caps in the centres], he further demonstrates the level of quality and experience he brings to the side as a player and leader.”
15. Ben Foden – Northampton
14. Chris Ashton – Northampton
13. Mike Tindall – Gloucester
12. Manu Tuilagi – Leicester
11. Mark Cueto – Sale
10. Jonny Wilkinson – Toulon
9. Richard Wigglesworth – Saracens
1. Andrew Sheridan – Sale
2. Steve Thompson – Wasps
3. Dan Cole – Leicester
4. Louis Deacon – Leicester
5. Courtney Lawes – Northampton
6. Tom Croft – Leicester
7. James Haskell – Ricoh Black Rams
8. Nick Easter – Harlequins
16. Dylan Hartley – Northampton
17. Matt Stevens – Saracens
18. Simon Shaw – Unattached
19. Tom Wood – Northampton
20. Joe Simpson – Wasps
21. Toby Flood – Leicester
22. Delon Armitage – London Irish