England vs Ireland rugby LIVE: Kick-off time, TV channel, team news, live stream free for TODAY'S Six Nations 2022 game
12th March 2022

ENGLAND play host to Ireland as two fancied sides battle for the right to challenge France for the Six Nations title in TODAY'S late game.

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


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."

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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England number eight Alex Dombrandt has been replaced by Sam Simmonds after he tested positive for Covid.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.

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.

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

  • Alex Terrell

    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.

  • Alex Terrell

    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.

  • Alex Terrell

    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.

  • Alex Terrell

    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."

  • Alex Terrell

    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.

  • Alex Terrell

    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.

  • Alex Terrell

    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.

  • Alex Terrell

    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.

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