2021 Six Nations Championship – Ireland vs England Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Ireland vs England taking place? Saturday 20th March, 2021 – 16:45

Where is Ireland vs England taking place? Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Where can I get tickets for Ireland vs England? Visit this link for ticket information

What channel is Ireland vs England on? ITV

Where can I stream Ireland vs England? Ireland vs England can be streamed via ITV Player

THE TEAM NEWS

IRELAND

  • Ireland were a little ramshackle in their 24-27 win away at Murrayfield but they beat Scotland with determination despite seeing their slim chance at the SIx Nations title slip on Saturday.
  • Wales’ victory in Rome on Saturday afternoon meant that the Irish could not make up enough points to win the title after defeats to France and the Grand Slam hopefuls, though they will now target a statement victory against rivals England.
  • Head coach Andy Farrell replaces injured Garry Ringrose with Bundee Aki at inside centre while CJ Stander will play his final game for Ireland at six after announcing his retirement this week.

Ireland: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonathan Sexton (c), 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Tadhg Beirne, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Dave Kilcoyne

Replacements: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Ryan Baird, 20 Peter O’Mahony, 21 Jamison Gibson Park, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Jordan Larmour

ENGLAND

  • England put in their best performance of the 2021 Six Nations Championship at last in a thrilling 23-20 victory over France at Twickenham, with Anthony Watson putting in a man of the match performance.
  • Eddie Jones’ side had previously had their slim hopes at retaining the title dashed after Wales thrashed Italy earlier last Saturday, though they could still finish second with a win here.
  • Head coach Jones had dropped Elliot Daly for Max Malins last time out but Daly comes straight back into the team to cover for injured Henry Slade at outside centre.

England: 15 Max Malins, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Charlie Ewels, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Mako Vunipola

Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Ollie Lawrence, 23 Joe Marchant

THE PREDICTION

This should be a fascinating final-day crunch match between Ireland and England as they battle it out to be the best of the rest with two wins and two defeats apiece. Both sides got back to winning ways last time out as Ireland just edged Scotland at Murrayfield last Sunday and England put in their best performance of the campaign against an unbeaten France the day before and with the shackles off for both sides here this will be all about pride and rivalry. England have won the last three competitive fixtures between the two with back-to back victories in the last two editions of the Six Nations Championship and in last November’s Autumn Nations Cup, with Ireland’s last victory coming at Twickenham back in 2018. There is plenty of needle in this match and cards could be a real determining factor for the result. Considering both sides’ most recent performances and the lack of spectators at the Aviva Stadium it seems a reasonable outcome for England to edge this encounter in a score that comes just under 40 points.

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