England face a Grand Slam, championship-chasing and unbeaten Ireland in Dublin in the final round of the 2023 Six Nations.
The two sides come into the match with contrasting records. Steve Borthwick’s men suffered a record home defeat to France at Twickenham on Saturday whilst Ireland continued to impress in seeing off Scotland at Murrayfield.
When and where is Ireland v England?
Ireland face England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday March 18. The match kicks off at 5pm GMT.
The other fixtures that weekend (all on Saturday) are Scotland vs Italy at 12.30pm, at BT Murrayfield and France vs Wales, 2.45pm, at Stade de France.
What TV channel is England v France on?
The match will be broadcast live on ITV1, with coverage starting at 12 noon. The radio coverage is on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Who is the referee?
South African Jaco Peyper will take charge of this game. The full team of officials is below:
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Referee 1: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pierre Brousset (FFR)
TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)
What is the latest team news?
England XV: Backs – Freddie Steward, Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Henry Arundell, Owen Farrell, Jack van Poortvliet
Forwards – Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, David Ribbans, Lewis Ludlam, Jack Willis, Alex Dombrandt.
Replacements: Jack Walker, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Nick Isiekwe, Ben Curry, Alex Mitchell, Marcus Smith, Joe Marchant
Ireland XV: Backs – Hugo Keenan, Mack Hansen, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, James Lowe, Johnny Sexton, Jamison Gibson-Park,
Forwards – Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong, Ryan Baird, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris
Replacements: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Ross Byrne, Jimmy O’Brien
What happened in this fixture in 2022?
The 2022 fixture took place at Twickenham, with Ireland emerging 32-15 victors, earning them a bonus point. England fought hard after going down to 14 men early on, but ultimately came up short in another disappointing campaign.
Four tries came from Hugo Keenan, James Lowe, Jack Conan and Finlay Bealham as Ireland maintained kept championship hopes alive.
England failed to score a try but did rack up five penalties, all scored by Marcus Smith, scoring five from a possible six.
The Six Nations 2023 table – as it stands
Best of the latest odds
- Ireland: 2/13
- Draw: 50/1
- England: 15/2
Odds correct as of March 17
What is our prediction
The weather forecast is grim for Ireland’s Grand Slam attempt. That will not bother them too much. A strong start and England will be fragile.
Ireland 27 England 13