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England v Ireland: Match Preview And TV Info Ahead Of Saturday's Huge Game

England v Ireland: Match Preview And TV Info Ahead Of Saturday's Huge Game
By Jonathan Browne

Ireland travel to London to take on the old enemy England in Twickenham in Round 4 of the Six Nations. Both teams aren't on for a Grand Slam but they are still in with a shot of winning the Six Nations Championship while Ireland are also looking to win the Triple Crown. Here's how to watch Ireland vs England and a match preview.

When is Ireland vs England

Ireland play England in Twickenham on Saturday 12th March and kick-off is at 4:45pm.

How to watch Ireland vs England

The game is live on RTÉ2 from 4pm.

The game is also live on ITV from 4:15pm.

If you want to tune in ITV we have a guide in how to do so.

Match Preview

Ireland have had a fairly decent campaign so far with a good win against Wales followed up by a narrow defeat in Paris. They got back to winning ways last time out against Italy but the match was marred by a red card and confusing laws that ruined the match. There's probably nothing to take out of that game other than Johnny Sexton returned from injury that meant he missed the France match.

He followed up a return on the pitch with confirmation that he'll stick around until after the 2023 World Cup. The Ireland captain signed a new contract and also announced that he will retire after the World Cup, hoping to go out on top.

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On the injury front Ireland are without two of their starting front rows as Ronan Kelleher and Andrew Porter have both been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations with injuries. Munster's Jeremy Loughman has come in as replacement for Porter in the Ireland squad. Cian Healy will start on the loose.

Andy Farrell has made six changes from the Italy match with Healy, James Ryan, Bundee Aki, Andrew Conway, Hugo Keenan and captain Johnny Sexton all return to the lineup.

England for their part are in for a shot of the title as well. They bounced back from an opening day defeat to Scotland with two wins against Italy and Wales. They will probably have to win this match against Ireland and their final game against France if they are to have any chance of winning the championship but they have the quality in their squad to do so.

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Courtney Lawes captains the side at 6 as Sam Simmonds starts at 8 alongside Tom Curry in the backrow. Alex Dombrandt returns to the bench after having to isolate with Covid. Marcus Smith starts at 10 again as England look to build on their success against Wales last tie out. There were rumours Friday that Maro Itoje picked up a knock in training and could be unavailable for selection.

Watch this space.

See Also: Ireland's 2016 U20 World Championship Finalists: Where Are They Now?

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