Ireland vs Italy, Six Nations 2022: Lineups, team news, TV channel, live stream, kick off time, h2h, odds
Andy Farrell’s side will be hoping to keep their league hopes alive after suffering a potentially crucial loss to France last time out.
Ireland more than played their part in a thrilling battle in Paris in the second round with tries from Mack Hansen, Josh van der Flier and Jamison Gibson-Park, but ultimately succumbed to a 30-24 loss that keeps France on the right path for a potential Grand Slam.
The visit to Italy is a perfect opportunity for the Men in Green to quickly regain some momentum.
Despite a fighting display against France on the opening weekend and an improved second half against England last time out from Kieran Crowley’s young side, the Azzurri remain winless in the Six Nations since 2015 and have already shipped 70 points with only 10 in response so far. This year.
Italy have now lost 34 consecutive matches at the tournament amid familiar calls for a promotion/relegation system to be implemented. Another wooden spoon already seems absolutely guaranteed.
Ireland v Italy kick off date, time and venue
Ireland v Italy is scheduled to kick off at 3pm GMT on Sunday 27th February 2022.
The Six Nations match will take place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
How to watch Ireland vs Italy
TV channel: Ireland v Italy is broadcast live for free on ITV, with coverage starting at 2.15pm.
Direct: Fans can also watch the game play out live online via the ITV website or ITV Hub.
Ireland vs Italy Team News
Ireland will be boosted against Italy by the return of influential captain Johnny Sexton, who declared himself fit after a hamstring problem saw him miss the key showdown with France. Joey Carbery replaced the opener in Paris.
However, lock Iain Henderson will miss Sunday’s game after returning a positive test for Covid-19.
Italy’s injured list continues to grow, with flanker Sebastian Negri missing after being knocked out in worrying scenes against England following a collision.
Marco Fuser, Johan Meyer and Jake Polledri are also absent, as are Luca Morisi, Tommaso Menoncello, Ratuva Tavuyara and Ange Capuozzo.
Lineups Ireland vs Italy
Both Farrell and Crowley are due to announce their squads for Friday’s matchday. Check back later for all the details.
Ireland vs Italy head to head (h2h) history and results
Ireland have won 29 of the previous 33 meetings between these two nations, including the last 11 in a row.
They haven’t lost to Italy since the 2013 Six Nations, when retired Brian O’Driscoll was shown a yellow card in a 22-15 upset at Rome.
Ireland vs Italy Prediction
As always, Italy have had some impressive spells in the Six Nations so far, spells that make you think they are capable of ending this sad losing streak.
However, while they certainly never lack commitment and determination, their consistent inability to turn promising situations into points is more than frustrating.
It’s a young side that’s been decimated by injuries and a long afternoon is sure to await in Dublin this weekend.
Farrell may turn things around with a trip to Twickenham on the horizon, but Sexton’s return is more terrible news for the Italians.
Ireland win by at least 20 points.
Ireland vs Italy odds
Ireland win: 1/200
Italy win: 80/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).