England vs Ireland rugby: Kick-off time, TV channel, team news and live stream free for Six Nations 2022 game

England vs Ireland rugby: Kick-off time, TV channel, team news and live stream free for Six Nations 2022 game

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  • 19:19, 11 Mar 2022
  • Updated: 0:22, 12 Mar 2022

ENGLAND play host to Ireland as two fancied sides battle for the right to challenge France for the Six Nations title.

Eddie Jones’ team have had a patchy campaign so far, as they were edged out by Scotland in their opening match.

Marcus Smith has been England's standout performer this Six Nations


Marcus Smith has been England’s standout performer this Six NationsCredit: Getty

Johnny Sexton and Ireland are in hot pursuit of France


Johnny Sexton and Ireland are in hot pursuit of FranceCredit: Getty

They then followed that up with a commanding win over Italy before grinding out a 23-19 victory against Wales.

Like England, Andy Farrell’s Ireland have two wins and one defeat so far, but they have looked more impressive than the Red Rose.

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

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.”


What time does England vs Ireland rugby kick off?

  • England take on Ireland on Saturday, March 12.
  • 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England number eight Alex Dombrandt has been replaced by Sam Simmonds after he tested positive for Covid.

And Jamie George comes in at hooker for the injured Luke Cowan-Dickie.

Maro Itoje is in the England starting XV but is feeling unwell and could yet be replaced by Joe Launchbury.

England's team to face Ireland


England’s team to face Ireland

Ireland have made six changes to the team that hammered Italy, with the most notable being a return for captain Johnny Sexton.

Sexton replaces Joey Carbery while Hugo Keenan comes in for Michael Lowry.

Andrew Conway returns to the team in place of Mack Hansen while Bundee Aki replaces Matthew Hanshaw.

Cian Healy is back in for Andrew Porter and James Ryan replaces Ryan Baird.

Ireland's team to face England


Ireland’s team to face England

Latest odds

England 11/10


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