Ireland vs England, Six Nations 2023: Kick-off time, TV channels, team news, line-ups, venue, odds today
Andy Farrell’s relentless side have had a perfect tournament so far, setting the stage for a title shot with a memorable win over defending champions France at the Aviva Stadium and last weekend’s vibrant defeat of Scotland at Murrayfield that cemented their Grand Slam claim before rail.
Ireland last succeeded five years ago, although this would be the first time they had done so in Dublin and would further strengthen their World Cup credentials ahead of the autumn tournament.
It would be a big surprise if England were able to produce an upset after being beaten so badly by France at Twickenham. That 53-10 humiliation was their heaviest home defeat of all time and they seem poised to end another disappointing tournament in fourth place.
Date, kick-off time and venue between Ireland and England
Ireland v England is the final game of the 2023 Six Nations, taking place after Scotland v Italy and France v Wales.
The game will kick off at 17:00 GMT on Saturday 18 March 2023 at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.
How to watch Ireland vs England
TV channel: In the UK, Ireland v England will be broadcast live on ITV, starting at 4:30pm.
Live broadcast: Fans can also follow the action live online via the ITVX app or the ITV website.
Live broadcast: Follow the match live via Standard Sport’s dedicated blog, including expert analysis from rugby correspondent Nick Purewal at the Aviva.
Team News Ireland vs England
Garry Ringrose and Iain Henderson are both ruled out for Ireland after suffering injuries against Scotland, although there are positive results as Caelan Doris and Dan Sheehan are clear to start.
Sheehan and his replacement Ronan Kelleher were both sent off at Murrayfield, resulting in flanker Josh van der Flier throwing down the lane, but the first-choice hooker is now fit in a big boost. Robbie Henshaw and Ryan Baird come into the side while Jamison Gibson-Park replaces Conor Murray at scrum halftime.
In his final Six Nations match, Johnny Sexton needed just one point to get past Ronan O’Gara to become the Six Nations’ all-time points record.
Henry Arundell will make his full Test debut for England, replacing Max Malins on the wing.
Captain Owen Farrell is back in the starting line-up at half-time with Marcus Smith absent while Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade are the preferred pairing in the middle while Ollie Lawrence is absent.
Northampton lock David Ribbans comes on for the injured Ollie Chessum while Nick Isiekwe and Joe Marchant are benched.
Ireland vs England lineups
Ireland XV: Keenan; Hansen, Henshaw, Aki, Lowe; Sexton (c), Gibson Park; Porter, Sheehan, Furlong, Baird, Ryan, O’Mahony, Van der Flier, Doris.
Substitute: Herring, Healy, O’Toole, Treadwell, Conan, Murray, R. Byrne, O’Brien.
England XV: Steward; Watson, Slade, Tuilagi, Arundell; Farrell (c), Van Poortvliet; Genge, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Ribbans, Ludlam, Willis, Dombrandt.
Substitute: Walker, Vunipola, Cole, Isiekwe, Curry, Mitchell, Smith, Marchant.
Ireland vs England Head to Head (h2h) history and results
Ireland have won the last two games between the two sides, including a 32-15 win at Twickenham 12 months ago, although England have had the better neck-and-neck race over the past decade.
England’s last win in Dublin came in 2019, their first win at the Aviva in six years.
Ireland wins: 51
England wins: 80
Ireland vs England Prediction
The pressure to aim for a Grand Slam is certainly all that can hold Ireland back.
Even when they weren’t at their best, in games against Italy and then in the first 40 minutes at Murrayfield, they found a way to victory despite injuries and setbacks to key players.
Scotland appeared to be the biggest remaining obstacle to Ireland’s Grand Slam ambitions but that has been overcome and they are now returning to Dublin, where they have lost just once since the 2019 World Cup.
England will certainly improve from the lowest bars after their dismal performance against France, but even a significant improvement is unlikely to be enough against this Irish side.
It’s a big test of character for England against the best team in the world, but the class difference and confidence are likely to mean that nothing will stop Saturday night’s celebrations in Dublin.
Ireland wins by 20 points.
Ireland v England odds
Ireland wins: 1/10
England wins: 13/2
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).
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