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ENGLAND finish off their Six Nations campaign today with a father-son clash in Ireland.
England were victorious over France in their last matchCredit: AFP
Ireland picked up their second win of the tournament against ScotlandCredit: Sportsfile
Both sides have endured mixed Six Nations campaigns and no longer have any chance of winning the tournament.
Meanwhile Ireland can look back fondly at a hard fought win away to the Scots but wonder what might have been after narrow defeats to the French and Welsh.
What time does Ireland vs England kick off?
- Ireland vs England takes place TODAY.
- The match kicks off at 4.45pm.
- It will be played at the Aviva Stadium.
- When the sides last met back in November, England ran out comfortable 18-7 Autumn Nations Cup winners at Twickenham.
What TV channel is Ireland vs England on and can I live stream it?
- Ireland vs England is live on ITV1.
- Coverage commences at 4pm – 45 minutes before kick-off.
- To stream the game live, head to the ITV Hub.
- Virgin One is the Six Nations broadcaster in Ireland.
Can I watch Ireland vs England for free?
- Yes. ITV and ITV Hub are FREE for all UK viewers.
England have made just one change from the team that triumphed over France.
Elliot Daly, who was dropped at full-back for Max Malins last week, replaces the injured Henry Slade at outside centre.
Eddie Jones said of the change: “I know how much Elliot will be looking forward to playing 13.
“Obviously, it’s disappointing for Sladey who has been playing very well but I think Elliot comes in and will be looking to show what he can do from that position.
“He’s a powerful, quick athlete and will be looking to show that on Saturday.”
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What they said
England head coach Eddie Jones: “I’ve never seen confidence walk through the door, so I don’t know what confidence is.
“Players might think differently, they might work a bit harder, they might work a little bit less.
“I don’t think there is any such thing as confidence, you either think rightly or you think wrongly, and the wrong time you start to listen to the poison that’s written in the media, that rat poison gets into players’ heads.
“We try to keep it out of their head.
“We try to spray all that rat poison that you try to put in and get it out of their head, so we are always working hard to keep it out of their heads. It keeps me busy, mate.”
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell called on his side to put in a performance for the retiring CJ Stander.
He commented: “If we need any more emotion to go into an England game, the last game of the competition, then we’re in the wrong place anyway,” he said.
“What we do want to do is enjoy the week for CJ, with CJ and make sure we put in a performance that he’s happy to sign off his Ireland career on.
“He’s been fantastic, he’s been himself. He’s in a great mood. He is making sure that he’s going to enjoy this week and we’re all going to be with him on that.”
R Kelleher, C Healy, A Porter, R Baird, P O’Mahony, J Gibson-Park, R Byrne, J Larmour
RED ROSE BENCH
It’s a four-forward, three-back replacement list for Eddie Jones.
REPLACEMENTS: J George, E Genge, W Stuart, J Hill, B Earl, D Robson, O Lawrence, J Marchant.
Here is the present state of things in the Six Nations table.
This does not include the result of the Scotland vs Italy game which is currently in action.
Ireland can finish on a high after a difficult season, while France DO have a chance of winning this year’s competition, given they still need to play Scotland.
That postponed match will happen this coming Friday.
George Ford is planning to empty the tank in Dublin today and avoid Six Nations humiliation, writes JONNY FORDHAM.
England must win against Ireland to escape equalling their joint worst finish.
And fly-half Ford knows last Saturday’s sensational 23-20 win against France counts for nothing unless they beat the Irish for the fourth time in a row.
He said: “We want to leave it all out there. It’s our last game together for a while so we’ll make the most of it.
“In terms of emotionally leaving it out there, we will be doing that as a team.
“It has been almost nine weeks of being under these Covid restrictions. People miss home very much, so the thought of being able to go back to family and loved ones is nice.”
JONES ON JONES
Former Japan assistant Leigh Jones has had his say on former boss Eddie Jones’ season, weeks after being appointed Leicester Tigers director of rugby.
Speaking for Saxo Markets Jones said: “Eddie’s 78 per cent win rate speaks for itself.
“It’s been a difficult year in many ways, but Eddie has done his homework. He knows who his best players are through a lot of research and analysis – the problem being because of Covid.
“A lot of those players have not managed to get a lot of quality rugby under their belt to get into the form they would like to for the Six Nations.
“Eddie has remained loyal and we saw the first signs last week against France that it is paying off.
“Is England’s defence as efficient as it was last season under normal circumstances? Probably not.
“But understand that because of players not playing and not being in form, there will be different variables.
“We are measuring the defence under unique circumstances. There is no other data, so it’s an unfair comparison to previous England sides.
“I back a world class player such as Maro Itoje, who has not played enough rugby, to find their form.
“And look and what an improvement it was from him against France. These things take time.“
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SCOTLAND VS ITALY
The Scots have already scored their fourth bonus point try against hapless Italy.
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In truth, it has been a poor Six Nations campaign from both teams, who have been used to winning the title in recent years.
And the coronavirus pandemic has been a confusing time for so many and both these sides have appeared to need an injection of swagger after a strange season.
Ireland started with their bizarre defeat to Wales in Cardiff, where a red card for Peter O’Mahony belied what had been an impressive start for the men in green.
From there it got worse before it got better.
A loss in Paris but wins over Italy and Scotland make this a must-win game for Andy Farrell.
Same applies for Eddie Jones, whose job still exists off the back of his Rugby World Cup final appearance 15 months ago.
But England are in need of some new ideas, some fresh blood… and for the old guard to up their game.
A bizarre defeat in Cardiff and a lacklustre opener at Twickenham against Scotland has made the defending champions’ season look distinctly under par.
But they started to turn the screw in an impressive, confidence-boosting triumph in Le Crunch last weekend.
Can Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola finally turn it on in Dublin?
We’re about to find out.
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