Ireland vs England LIVE: Steve Borthwick’s side aim to recover from historic loss and deny Irish Six Nations title to Dublin – kick-off time, team news and how to follow
England will be hoping to retaliate after their historic loss to France by denying Ireland the Six Nations title in Dublin.
Steve Borthwick’s side suffered their heaviest defeat at Twickenham as they lost 53-10 to France last weekend.
They will be aiming to get back to winning ways in their final match of the tournament, however, if they are to lose again it will be the third straight Six Nations they have only won twice.
World number one team Ireland will lift the trophy on Saturday if they avoid defeat, while even defeat could see them victorious if France fail to beat Wales.
The Irish have been superb in their four wins so far and only need one more to claim the Six Nations title for the first time since 2018.
Ireland vs England: how to follow
This match of the fifth round of the Six Nations will be played on Saturday 18 March.
The game at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
All the action will be shown live on ITV with coverage starting at 4.30pm.
talkSPORT will also have live updates from David Brady’s game.
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Ireland v England: Team News
Ireland will be without Garry Ringrose after sustaining a head injury against Scotland, while Iain Henderson is also ruled out.
Dan Sheehan and Ronan Kelleher are both recovering from blows to the shoulder with Tom Steward called up as cover alongside Ross Molony.
As for England, Manu Tuilagi could make his first appearance at the Six Nations as he is back available after his red card received while playing at Sale.
He would enter the team to replace Ollie Lawrence.
Will Collier was called up with Guy Porter and Ollie Hassell-Collins also joining the Borthwick band.
Lock Ollie Chessum has been ruled out after suffering an ankle injury in training and Leicester team-mate George Martin has been called up.
Ireland vs England: what was said?
Fly-half Marcus Smith will be hoping England can bounce back from their huge defeat at Twickenham last time out.
Smith said: “We’re going through a tough time right now and it’s perfect for us.
“We have to improve quickly because the challenge is not much bigger than Ireland in Dublin.
“There’s only one way to go now and that’s to get up and fight as hard as you can and play as hard as you can for the shirt.
“We talked about sticking together because there’s going to be a lot of noise and a lot of pressure on us. We need to become closer instead of dividing.
“It’s a great test of our unity as a team and our resolve. There’s no better week for that than a free swing in Ireland.
And Ellis Genge promised England fans they would fight for the shirt: “As a team we want to see ourselves fighting for each other until the last minute – and I think we will get it .
“I don’t think there is a huge difference in skill level and caliber of player between the majority of teams in the world.
“It’s just people who work hard every day and effort, the things you can control.
“Talent is another issue, but I don’t think we miss it. It was just being on the same page and fighting to the end and we didn’t do that on Saturday.
“(The reasons why we lost) are all underpinned by one thing and that is fighting and working hard for each other, and I don’t think we did that the whole game, which is unusual for us.
“I can assure you that this group will not be the same on Saturday.”