England vs. Ireland: Date, Live Stream, TV Info and Six Nations 2016 Preview

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

England’s Jonathan Joseph, second right, is greeted by teammates after scoring his second try during the Six Nations rugby union match between Italy and England, in Rome's Olympic stadium, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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Ireland's hopes of a third successive Six Nations championship win may be all but shattered after a draw and a loss in their opening two matches, but they'll be desperate to earn their first victory of the 2016 campaign when they face England at Twickenham on Saturday.

As for Eddie Jones' side, after two wins from two, they'll be looking to further consolidate their position at the top of the standings and maintain hopes of not only winning the competition for the first time since 2011 but also seeing out the Grand Slam.

The match is shaping up to be a typically fiery contest between the two sides, so it's not to be missed. To that end, here are the viewing details you need to catch the action, followed by a closer look at the match:


Date: Saturday, February 27

Time: 4:50 p.m. GMT

TV Info: ITV

Live Stream: ITV Player



Fitness will play a large part in determining Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad to face England, with the return of Cian Healy, Mike Ross, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo counterbalanced by tournament-ending injuries suffered by Dave Kearney, Sean O'Brien and Mike McCarthy in the defeat to France, per Tom Cary of the Telegraph.

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Conor Murray of Ireland in action during the RBS 6 Nations match between France and Ireland at Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Saint-Denis nearby Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Per Cary, Ireland's Conor Murray has admitted his team-mates have a "fear factor" about playing England at Twickenham, having not won there since 2010. He said:

England away, especially, is a huge task; there is a fear factor among players about going there. I have never won there and there are a lot of players in the squad who have never won there, but we have come close.


If you take your eye off the ball, if you go over to England and you’re not prepared they could really give you a hammering. So we’re really focused on going over and performing. That’s not a line we’re told to say, it is actually that tough to go over there and perform. 

Further compounding matters is Ireland's difficult start to their 2016 campaign, after being held to a 16-16 draw at home to Wales before slipping to a 10-9 defeat in Paris.

As Opta Jonny revealed, the Irish have twice taken a half-time lead but on both occasions lacked the resilience needed to hold on:

Meanwhile, England have played two of their three away matches and won both, and they come into this game on the back of an impressive performance against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico, where they won 40-9.

Alex Spink of the Daily Mirror ran the rule over England in Rome:

Indeed, they are the only nation not to concede a try thus far, and their convincing attacking display against Italy means their seven tries scored is comfortably the best tally of any side.

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Per BBC Sport, Elliot Daly has been included in England's squad and could make his debut for Jones' side. Team-mate Mike Brown is excited by the inclusion of the 23-year-old:

"He's come in full of energy, he's a great lad on and off the field. He's been a brilliant player in the Premiership, so it will be interesting to see how he makes the next step up," he told Chris Jones of BBC Sport.

Should Ireland be stifled by the fear factor Murray alluded to, the freedom and dynamism Daly might bring, even off the bench, could make a real difference for the hosts.

If the visitors are to earn their first win of the campaign, they'll need to not only put in a much stronger performance than they have previously but also display the mental fortitude they've lacked. If not, they could find themselves on the receiving end of a comprehensive beating.