England vs Ireland – Six Nations: How to watch, when is it and who will be playing
England will play their final game of the 2023 Six Nations this evening against Ireland.
Steve Borthwick’s side are coming into the match off of their heaviest defeat ever at Twickenham – losing 53-10 to holders France.
England currently sit fourth in the Six Nations standings after four games – with two wins and two defeats.
As for Ireland, they come into the match off a 22-7 win against Scotland. Andy Farrell’s side are chasing their first Grand Slam since 2018.
Sportsmail breaks down everything you need to know ahead of England’s meeting with Ireland.
England come into the match off of a heavy defeat to France – losing 53-10
Steve Borthwick’s England side have won two from four at this year’s Six Nations
Ireland defeated Scotland in their last game as they chase their first Grand Slam since 2018
When is England vs Ireland?
England will play their final Six Nations game against Ireland on Saturday evening, with the match getting underway at 5pm.
The showdown between the two teams will take place at the Aviva Stadium.
England fans may be confident heading into the fixture, with the side winning three of their last five meetings against Saturday’s opponents.
The two sides last met at the 2022 Six Nations, with Ireland winning the match 32-15.
How to watch
Saturday’s fixture between England and Ireland will be shown live on ITV, with coverage beginning at 4.30pm.
Fans will also be able to stream the game online via the ITVX app or on the ITV website.
Sportsmail will also be covering the game live so you can keep up-to-date with us.
Saturday’s showdown between Ireland and England will take place at the Aviva Stadium
Ireland XV: Keenan; Hansen, Henshaw, Aki, Lowe; Sexton (c), Gibson-Park; Porter, Sheehan, Furlong, Baird, Ryan, O’Mahony, Van der Flier, Doris.
Replacements: 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.
Replacements: Walker, Vunipola, Cole, Isiekwe, Curry, Mitchell, Smith, Marchant.
What’s been said?
Heading into the match, Borthwick revealed that there is a gap between England and the ‘top sides’ in the world.
‘The players need to have the time. I know there have been in the past a number of situations where players have been in and out,’ Borthwick said in the build-up to thw match.
‘What I need to do is make sure players build relationships with each other, and understand what Test rugby is about. What you are seeing is players who are experiencing a substantial Six Nations tournament for the first time, a large contingent. I think they are learning fast, we fell short last week, we need to learn faster.
‘We understand where the gap is between where we are and the top sides in the world. Against the second best team in the world last week we fell a long way short. Our challenge this week has been to learn faster than we have ever had to learn. That is what we have to do. That is what we will do going forward.’
Borthwick revealed that there is a gap between the England and the ‘top sides’ in the world
Farrell believes that his side are ‘raring to go’ ahead of the showdown with England
For Ireland, Farrell believes that his side are ‘raring to go’ as the side chases their first Grand Slam since 2018.
‘It’s a strong side, happy with it obviously,’ said Farrell at the team announcement press conference. ‘Fit and raring to go. Obviously gutted for people like Garry and Iain who miss out on the last weekend.
‘But the lads who come in, they’ve got their chance to put their best foot forward. Yeah, we’re happy with where we’re at.
‘Training went well yesterday, Captain’s Run tomorrow, so fingers crossed everyone comes through for the game nice and healthy.’
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