England vs Ireland Live Stream Time & Date | Rugby Six Nations 12 March 2022

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ENGLAND are taking on Ireland as two fancied sides battle for the right to challenge France for the Six Nations title in today’s evening game.

Eddie Jones’ team have had a patchy campaign so far, leading the Red Rose coach to label his team “underdogs” for this one.

Like England, Andy Farrell’s Ireland have two wins and one defeat, but they have looked more impressive than their opponents.

Ireland thumped Wales and Italy at home and were only narrowly beaten by France in Paris.

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And England head coach Eddie Jones has made clear that he feels Ireland are favourites for the weekend’s Six Nations clash.

He said: “Ireland are favourites for the game. They’ve been in very good form [from] autumn, very settled team.

“They’re well coached by Andy Farrell. They are literally, and I say that without any hesitation, the most cohesive side in the world.”

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What time does England vs Ireland rugby kick off?

  • England take on Ireland on Saturday, March 12 – TODAY.
  • The match kicks off at 4.45pm UK time.
  • It takes place at Twickenham.
  • When the sides met last year, Ireland secured a comfortable 32-18 win at the Aviva Stadium.

What TV channel is England vs Ireland on and can I live stream it?

  • England vs Ireland is live on ITV in the UK.
  • Coverage commences at 4.15pm, following the conclusion of Italy vs Scotland.
  • To stream the game live, head to the ITV Hub.
  • Viewers in Ireland can watch the action on RTE Two.

Can I watch England vs Ireland for free?

Yes. ITV is free for all UK viewers with a TV licence.

Team news

England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Max Malins, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Henry Slade, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Harry Randall; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Charlie Ewels, 6 Courtney Lawes (c), 7 Tom Curry, 8 Sam Simmonds.

Replacements: 16 Jamie Blamire, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Alex Dombrandt, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 George Ford, 23 Elliot Daly.

England's team to face Ireland

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England’s team to face Ireland

Ireland: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Jamison Gibson Park; 1 Cian Healy, 2 Dan Sheehan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 5 James Ryan, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Josh Van Der Flier, 8 Caelen Doris

Replacements: 16 Rob Herring, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Robbie Henshaw.

Ireland's team to face England

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Ireland’s team to face England

Stay up to date with all the action from Twickenham in our live blog…

  • ‘P45 time’

    Former England Rugby World Cup winner Austin Healey has warned Eddie Jones that his job is on the line in the Red Rose’s final two Six Nations games.

    He wrote in The Telegraph: “The ramifications for this game are enormous.

    “If England lose heavily at home to Ireland then they would have to go to Paris to take on France in the final round – the best French team we’ve seen in a generation, who are still in the hunt for a Grand Slam – and it would be very difficult to see how you talk your way out of those losses.

    “It could be another successive fifth-place finish.

    “Playing well and losing to Ireland and then losing to France might just about be enough. But if England are beaten convincingly – two scores or more – by the Irish and then lose in Paris, then it’s P45 time.”

  • I guess that’s why they call it the Bleus

    While England and Ireland toil, France will have the chance to put their feet up today.

    The French ground out a 13-9 victory against Wales in Cardiff to leave them just one match away from the Grand Slam.

    Only one of the English or Irish will remain capable of preventing the French winning a first title since 2010 once proceedings at Twickenham have drawn to a close.

  • ‘England were mad’

    England have drawn criticism from Sir Clive Woodward for their decision to dismiss Andy Farrell and Mike Catt from the coaching setup after a poor 2015 Rugby World Cup.

    The World Cup-winning coach wrote in the Daily Mail: “I wish Andy Farrell and Mike Catt were still at the heart of the England set-up.

    “They paid the price for their part in England’s disappointing 2015 World Cup. Stuart Lancaster was rightly replaced but it was ridiculous to boot out his assistants as well.

    “Farrell and Catt were at the start of their coaching careers and the lessons they learned were part of the process coaches need.

    “If you have been through the mill you come back stronger. Graham Henry and Steve Hansen post-2007 and myself in 1999 are examples.”

  • Far out

    England vs Ireland is usually a father-son affair, but Irish coach Andy Farrell will not be competing against son Owen this year.

    England captain Owen Farrell is missing the entirety of the Six Nations due to an ankle operation.

    Courtney Lawes takes over as captain in his place.

  • England team to face Ireland

    Still no Owen Farrell for the Red Rose as they get set to face his father’s team.

    Courtney Lawes remains captain for this clash.

    Steward; Malins, J Marchant, H Slade, J Nowell; M Smith, H Randall; E Genge, J George, K Sinckler, M Itoje, C Ewels, C Lawes (C), T Curry, S Simmonds.

  • As it stands

    Here’s how the Six Nations table looks at the moment.

    Following today’s huge clash at Twickenham, only one of England or Ireland will be able to wrestle the title from France.

    This, of course, doesn’t include the result of the Italy vs Scotland game, with the Scots currently winning 10-12.

  • ‘Next step’

    Andy Farrell has called on Ireland to take the “next step” by beating England at Twickenham.

    The Irish have been improving under Farrell’s stewardship but have yet to taste victory on English soil since Joe Schmidt was coach.

    And Farrell said: “They’ve certainly got a very good record [at Twickenham] so there must be something in it.

    “When you look at our Aviva record as well it probably compares well so there’s something in that.

    “But it’s part of the journey, isn’t it? It’s part of the next step for us as a team to making sure we go to places like this and be at our best because we know that England are going to come at us.

    “We know that they’re going to cause us problems but we’re confident in our own ability.

    “We’re a good side, we need to make sure that we’re able to be at our best on the day on what is going to be a fantastic occasion.

    “Look, we know that there’s going to be thousands of Irish that are going to be at Twickenham as well and we want to hear them sing through our performance as well.”

  • How can Ireland win the Six Nations?

    Ireland must get a result against England at Twickenham and then hope the Red Rose do them a favour the following week.

    Ireland are seven points behind France but have a better points difference.

    They are therefore likely to lift the title with two victories, provided France lose to England.

  • Ireland team to face England

    Pretty much a full strength team for Farrell Snr as he takes his Ireland team back to the home of his former employers.

    H Keenan, A Conway, G Ringrose, B Aki, J Lowe; J Sexton, J Gibson-Park; C Healy, D Sheehan, T Furlong, T Beirne, J Ryan, P O’Mahony, J Van Der Flier, C Doris.

     

  • Physical education

    Eddie Jones says Ireland will be in for a shock when they face the physicality of his England team.

    He commented: “Ireland know it’s going to be a physical game.

    “They haven’t played a game as physical as this for a long time.

    “It’s not easy because they are a good team but we feel we can disrupt their pattern and tempo. When you do that you create opportunities.

    “The downside of being such a cohesive team is that the players rely on those patterns a lot.

    “When the pattern breaks they start looking at each other to work out what’s going on. We’ll see on Saturday.”

  • Head-to-head

    England have by far the superior head-to-head record with 80 wins to Ireland’s 50.

    They have also won four of the last five meetings, despite Ireland being victorious in their most recent showdown in Dublin last year.

    Ireland have lost all their past three matches at Twickenham and last won there in 2018.

  • How can England win the Six Nations?

    England must win both their matches to have a chance of winning the Six Nations titles.

    Should England amass nine points from their games against Ireland at home and France away, and prevent France from earning a point, they will win the title.

    That would mean earning one victory with a four-try bonus point.

    Should England win both their matches without scoring four tries, they must beat France by eight points or more.

    The destination of the title would then be decided on points difference.

  • Number one contenders – England vs Ireland

    England take on Ireland for the right to challenge France for the Six Nations title in the final weekend.

    The Irish are currently in second position, one point ahead of Eddie Jones’ side.

    But it is England who have their fate in their own hands and will know exactly what they have to do in Paris if they secure victory at Twickenham.

    Both teams have two wins and a defeat but it’s Ireland who have been the more impressive side so far, with Eddie Jones labelling them “the most cohesive in the world”.

    The Irish hammered Wales and Italy on home turf but were edged out in Paris in a 30-24 defeat.

    England went down to an unlucky defeat at Scotland in the first week but battled back to beat Italy 33-0 in Rome and narrowly defeat Wales 23-19 at Twickenham.

    They will be looking for revenge on Andy Farrell’s side after putting in a wretched performance to lose 32-18 in Dublin last year.

    But Englishman Andy Farrell would love to get one over Jones again after he was dismissed by the Aussie from the Red Rose setup following his arrival in 2015.