Ireland vs Italy live: how to watch Six Nations game online, TV streams, kickoff time, team news

Dan Sheehan of Ireland celebrates ahead of the Six Nations 2024 week two clash – Ireland vs Italy
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Early leaders Ireland find themselves in an unusual position heading into today's round two clash with Italy at the Aviva Stadium, the reigning champions' first home game of the 2024 Six Nations

No team has ever won back-to-back Grand Slams, but following their ferocious thrashing of the pre-tournament favourites France, Andy Farrell's men are now odds-on to achieve the feat. Can they maintain those lofty standards for the four seemingly easier fixtures ahead?

It's worth remembering, however, that Italy gave Ireland one of their biggest scares of last year's tournament, falling behind early before mounting an admirable fightback that went close to the wire. 

The way Gonzalo Quesada's men went at England last weekend, they could be much more of a handful than many expect. They won the try count 3-2 and might have sprung an upset had Tommaso Allan been able to convert a second-half penalty. 

The pressure of expectation on Ireland, whose towering lock Joe McCarthy stole the show on his debut, couldn't be higher, but any of the other teams would give anything to be in their position 


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UK stream: ITVX (FREE)
US stream: Peacock TV
AUS stream: Stan Sport

What time is kickoff?

The Ireland vs Italy kickoff is today, Sunday, February 11, at 3pm GMT / 10am ET / 7am PT. In Australia, that's 2am AEDT on Monday, February 12.

Ireland vs Italy team news and venue

Ireland team: Keenan; Nash, Henshaw, McCloskey, Lowe; Crowley, Casey; Porter, Sheehan, Bealham; McCarthy, Ryan; Baird, Doris, Conan. Replacements: Kelleher, Loughman, O'Toole, Henderson, Van der Flier, Gibson-Park, Byrne, Larmour.

Italy team: Capuozzo; Pani, Brex, Menoncello, Ioane; P Garbisi, Varney; Fischetti, Lucchesi, Ceccarelli; N Cannone, Ruzza; Izekor, Zuliani, Lamaro. Replacements: Nicotera, Spagnolo, Zilocchi, Zambonin, Vintcent, Page-Relo, Allan, Mori.

Today's game will be played at Dublin's 51,711-seater Aviva Stadium – still known by its predecessor's name Lansdowne Road by many fans – with its famously low North Stand.

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