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

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27:  Sergio Parisse, captain of Italy and Dylan Hartley, captain of England pose with the trophy during the RBS Six Nations launch at The Hurlingham Club on January 27, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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England will continue their quest to reclaim the Six Nations title on Sunday when they travel to face an Italy team motivated to make up for their near miss at the Stade de France last time out.

The Azzurri suffered a 23-21 defeat in Paris thanks to Jules Plisson's late penalty winner, while Eddie Jones got off to a victorious start as England coach after watching his side beat Scotland 15-9 at Murrayfield.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  (L-R) Chris Robshaw, James Haskell and Billy Vunipola of England pose with the Calcutta Cup following their team's victory during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February
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Jacques Brunel's men have conceded a total of 99 points in their last two meetings with England, but both teams battled through stiff contests in Week 1 and will be eager to improve in their next outing.

Read on for a full match preview ahead of Sunday's tie, along with all the necessary viewing information to make sure you don't miss out on the action.

Date: Sunday, February 14

Time: 2 p.m. GMT/9 a.m. ET

Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Live Stream: ITV Player (UK) 

TV Info: ITV

Maro Itoje Finally in the Frame

It's been a long time coming, but Saracens starlet Maro Itoje looks likely to finally get his chance to trot out for the Red Rose this Sunday, which could very well be the start of something big.

The 21-year-old has impressed in Premiership circles for a while now, and Rugby World writer Paul Williams has predicted it won't be long until the youngster achieves "undroppable" status:

Paul Williams @thepaulwilliams

Great to see Itoje on the bench for England. Will only take 10 tests and that lad will become undroppable.

Jones is spoilt for choice at second row, and after Itoje's Saracens team-mate George Kruis showed his mettle by scoring the opening try of last Saturday's win in Edinburgh, the locks look to be in good shape.

Speaking to the media on Friday, however, the England coach voiced his belief that Itoje still has a lot of developing to do, taking the opportunity to liken his emerging force to a Vauxhall Viva, per the Telegraph's Giles Mole:

Joe (Launchbury) was a bit off colour so we will go with Courtney (Lawes). If we get set piece and defence right that will give us an opportunity to get attack right. We think the 23 can do a job, the 6-2 slit suits how we want to play. Maro (Itoje) is a young kid, with a good head, he's a Vauxhall Viva and we want to make him a BMW. He has a lot of potential.

Kruis will once again start in the pack alongside the promoted Courtney Lawes, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see an energetic Itoje come off the bench and dazzle late on in Rome.

Italy Asking Questions in Rome

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 6: Carlo Canna of Italy in action during the RBS 6 Nations match between France and Italy at Stade de France on February 6, 2016 in Saint-Denis nearby Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Italy fans will have rightly left the Stade de France last Saturday knowing the result could have so easily turned in their favour were it not for some later lapses in concentration against Les Bleus.

Brunel opted to give some less experienced players their chance in the XV, and it led to the question of whether this was an improved Italy team or if France had just underperformed in their first match under Guy Noves.

Italy have chosen to stick to their guns for the most part this time out, and full-back Luke McLean is the only change, as confirmed by Eat Sleep Rugby, coming in for 22-year-old David Odiete:

The Azzurri will be full of gusto as they return to Rome for their first home fixture of this year's tournament, but an England side that's been consistently challenging for the Six Nations title in recent years will be a greater task.

Captain Sergio Parisse will hope to right the wrongs of Week 1 and once again bears a huge burden hosting Jones' men, hoping to help Italy steal what would be their first-ever win against the English.


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