Ireland v England Grand Slam preview

Ireland v England Grand Slam preview

IRELAND HAVE A CHANCE TO CREATE HISTORY LATER TODAY when they face England in the final game of the Six Nations. 

A win over Steve Borthwick's England side will result in a first ever Grand Slam win on home soil.  

The game in the Aviva will also Johnny Sexton's final game in the Six Nations. The 37-year-old can also break Ronan O'Gara's Six Nations points record of 557 this weekend.  

England come into the game after being beaten 10-53 at home by France. 

They will be aiming to spoil the party this St Patrick's weekend. 

Here's a full preview of the game to come later.  

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: James Lowe of Ireland is tackled by Marcus Smith of England during the Guinness Six Nations Rugby match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Where is it on?

Aviva Stadium, Dublin

What time is it on?


What TV Station is it on?

Virgin Media TV television and RTE and BBCNI radio.

What time does coverage start


Can I listen to it on the radio?

RTÉ Radio 1

What are the odds

Are there still tickets arounds

Tickets have been sold out

Teams for the game


Fullback 15. Hugo Keenan 

Winger 14. Mack Hansen 

Centres 13. Robbie Henshaw 12. Bundee Aki  

Winger 11James Lowe  

Out half 10 Johnny Sexton Scrumhalf 9 Jamison Gibson Park 

Front row1. Andrew Porter, 2. Dan Sheehan, 3. Tadhg Furlong  

Second row 4. Ryan Baird 5. James Ryan 

Back row 6. Peter O’Mahony, 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Caelan Doris  

Replacements 16. Rob Herring, 17. Cian Healy, 18. Tom O’Toole, 19. Kieran Treadwell, 20. Jack Conan, 21. Conor Murray, 22. Ross Byrne, 23. Jimmy O’Brien 

England team

Fullback 15. Freddie Steward 

Winger: 14. Anthony Watson 

Centre: 13. Henry Slade 12. Manu Tuilagi 

Winger: 11. Henry Arundell 

Out half 10. Owen Farrell (C), Scrum half 9.  Jack van Poortvliet 

Front Row 1. Ellis Genge (VC), 2. Jamie George, 3. Kyle Sinckler 

Second Row 4. Maro Itoje, 5. David Ribbans 

Back Row 6. Lewis Ludlam (VC), 7. Jack Willis, 8. Alex Dombrandt 

Replacements  16. Jack Walker, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Dan Cole, 19. Nick Isiekwe, 20. Ben Curry, 21. Alex Mitchell, 22. Marcus Smith, 23. Joe Marchant


What have the coaches said? 

Steve Borthwick: “You see a provincial rugby set-up that keeps producing players. You see a Leinster team that is always competing at the top of Europe, and producing a huge contingent into the Ireland team.

“So, I think you look at the whole system of Irish rugby, and you see, right now, what a fantastic job everyone that is involved is doing.”

Andy Farrell: "We know it’s a huge occasion for Johnny and it’s very fitting.

He gets to have a crack at a game like this in his last one but that won’t detract anything from the only thing that matters, which is performance and being at our best.” 


Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)

Assistant Referee 1: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)

Assistant Referee 2: Pierre Brousset (FFR) 

TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)

What happened last year?

Ireland claimed a 32-15 bonus-point victory at Twickenham despite stiff resistance from 14-man England.

Who were the scorers last year?

England: (9) 15
Penalty: Smith (18', 33', 41', 53', 61')
Red Card: Ewels (2')

Ireland: (15) 32
Try: Lowe (6'), Keenan (37'), Conan (72'), Bealham (76')
Conversion: Sexton (39', 74', 78')
Penalty: Sexton (3', 66')

What is the head-to-head record between the sides?

There has been 139 Test matches; with England winning 80 of them, Ireland 51 and 8 resulting in a draw.

Ireland's last Grand Slam

Ireland's last Grand slam was in 2018. Ireland saw off England 24-15 in the snow at Twickenham on St Patrick's Day.

Six Nations top try scorers

Ireland: Mack Hansen and James Lowe 4 each

England: Max Malins 2

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