What date is the game, what time does it start and is it on BBC or ITV?

What date is the game, what time does it start and is it on BBC or ITV?

Four uncapped players are present in Gloucester wing Ollie Thorley, Saracens back row Ben Earl, Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson and Worcester hooker Jack Singleton.

Loosehead props Mako Vunipola and Ellis Genge are back after missing the autumn through injury, as are second row Joe Launchbury and No 8 Billy Vunipola, with the quartet in line to make their first appearances since the June tour to South Africa.

Harlequins flanker Jack Clifford and Exeter centre Ollie Devoto also return after injury and form restricted their appearances under Jones, while there is a comeback for Dan Cole.

Ireland’s 2019 Six Nations fixtures

  • Ireland vs England…. Aviva Stadium (Dublin)…. Saturday, February 2…. 4.45pm GMT…. ITV
  • Scotland vs Ireland…. Murrayfield (Edinburgh)…. Saturday, February 9…. 2.15pm GMT…. BBC
  • Italy vs Ireland…. Stadio Olimpico (Rome)…. Sunday, February 24…. 3pm GMT…. ITV
  • Ireland vs France…. Aviva Stadium (Dublin)…. Sunday, March 10…. 3pm GMT…. ITV
  • Wales vs Ireland…. Principality Stadium (Cardiff)…. Saturday, March 16…. 2.45pm GMT…. BBC

England’s 2019 Six Nations fixtures

  • Ireland vs England…. Aviva Stadium (Dublin)…. Saturday, February 2…. 4.45pm GMT…. ITV
  • England vs France…. Twickenham (London)…. Sunday, February 10…. 3pm GMT…. ITV
  • Wales vs England…. Principality Stadium (Cardiff)…. Saturday, February 23…. 4.45pm GMT…. BBC
  • England vs Italy…. Twickenham (London)…. Saturday, March 9…. 4.45pm GMT…. ITV
  • England vs Scotland…. Twickenham (London)…. Saturday, March 16…. 5pm GMT…. ITV

What happened in this fixture in 2018?

England were comfortably beaten 24-15 at Twickenham in the final game of the 2018 Six Nations. It meant Ireland were crowned champions – and Grand Slam winners – on England’s home turf.

What are they saying?

England head coach Eddie Jones:

“We are very happy with the squad and have a number of players who have come back from long-term injury.

“We are looking forward to getting across to Portugal and having a good 10-day preparation for the Ireland game.

“Ireland are the best side in the world. They are a very well coached and drilled side and have particular things they do well in the game.

“To beat Ireland, we need to compete brutally in all the contest areas of the game.”

What are the betting odds?

  • Ireland 4/11
  • England 7/2
  • Draw 28/1

What is our prediction?

Form dictates an Ireland win and even the most passionate England fans will find it hard to argue. The Irish are the form team in the world, they’ve beaten the All Blacks and they’re playing England in Dublin. This could get messy.
Predicted score: Ireland 35 England 17

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