Italy vs Ireland live stream: How to watch Six Nations fixture online and on TV today

Ireland head to Rome to play Italy on Saturday, with the home side approaching six years to the day since they last won a Six Nations game.

That might be ideal for Ireland, who have suffered two straight defeats to start the Six Nations 2021 campaign – the first time they have opened the tournament with back-to-back losses.

A defeat to France two weeks ago means a response in team selection, with seven changes made including a return for captain Johnny Sexton.

Italy have lost 29 games in succession in the competition and the last time they beat Ireland was back in 2013.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.

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When is the match?

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Kick-off is at 2:15pm GMT on Saturday, 27 February.

Where can I watch?

The match will be broadcast live on ITV, with coverage starting from 1:30pm.

Team news

Italy name an unchanged team from the side which started in the defeat to England.

An all-new front row for Ireland sees Will Connors coming in at open-side flanker, with seven changes made by Andy Farrell in total.

Line-ups

Italy XV: 15-Jacopo Trulla, 14- Luca Sperandio, 13-Ignacio Brex, 12-Carlo Canna, 11-Montanna Ioane, 10-Paolo Garbisi, 9-Stephen Varney; 1-Andrea Lovotti, 2-Luca Bigi (capt), 3-Marco Riccioni, 4-Marco Lazzaroni, 5- David Sisi, 6-Sebastian Negri, 7-Johan Meyer, 8-Michele Lamaro

Replacements: 16-Gianmarco Lucchesi, 17-Cherif Traore, 18-Giosue Zilocchi, 19-Niccolo Cannone, 20- Maxime Mbanda, 21-Callum Bradley, 22-Federico Mori, 23-Mattia Bellini

Ireland XV: 15-Hugo Keenan, 14-Jordan Larmour, 13-Garry Ringrose, 12-Robbie Henshaw, 11-James Lowe, 10-Jonathan Sexton (capt), 9-Jamison Gibson-Park; 1-Dave Kilcoyne, 2-Ronan Kelleher, 3-Tadhg Furlong, 4-Iain Henderson, 5-James Ryan, 6-Tadhg Beirne, 7-Will Connors, 8-CJ Stander

Replacements: 16-Rob Herring, 17-Cian Healy, 18-Andrew Porter, 19-Ryan Baird, 20-Jack Conan, 21-Craig Casey, 22-Billy Burns, 23-Keith Earls

Prediction

A 30th defeat in succession beckons for Italy, though Ireland will hope for significant improvements in performance even outside the final score – they’ve only manged two tries so far from their opening two games.

Odds

Italy – 21/1

Draw – 94/1

Ireland – 1/16

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