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
Follow our Six Nations 2019 fixtures list for all the details.
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.”
England centre Manu Tuilagi:
“It helps a lot to come into the England environment. The way we train is next level in terms of the speed and intensity. That definitely helps you going into the international games.
“You appreciate it 100 per cent more after having so many injuries. Before, when you are always fit and playing, you don’t really think about it because it hasn’t happened to you.
“But when I have been out for a long time, now I have got the opportunity to play and I’m really thankful. I’ve got the opportunity again to do what I really love doing and I have to take it.
“Before, you just played. You didn’t really think about it too much. I didn’t have that much experience. You just wanted to get your hands on the ball. But when you get older and learn more about the game there is a lot more to it.
“There is a different way of getting over the gainline, which for me now is to go into a hole or gap. But sometimes there won’t be a gap there so for me. So that bit is the same – run hard.”
England defence coach John Mitchell:
“Ireland are arguably the best in the world and, for me, are a side who – through their process being a well-coached side – are resilient and they will try to bore the s— out of us basically.
“Ultimately, it will come down to a small piece of possession when you’re not focused that can hurt you, in a contest like this.”