Ireland's must-win Rugby World Cup qualifier against Italy today will be live on the RTÉ Player (2pm).

Following Monday's shock defeat to Spain, Adam Griggs side have no margin for error in the fight for an automatic place in next year’s competition in New Zealand.

Indeed, they must win the game against Italy, who beat Scotland 38-13, and the following weekend’s match against the Scots, and hope that other results from the round-robin tournament go their way.

The runner-up will earn a place in a final qualification tournament, possibly held in December, against Samoa, Colombia and the second-place team from the Asian qualifiers.

Speaking to media in the build-up, out-half Stacey Flood said the review of the defeat to the Iberians threw up a lot of issues but was confident the team can put things right against the hosts at the weekend.

"Because a lot of things in the game went wrong for us, it's hard to put your finger on just one thing," said Flood, who won her fourth cap against Las Leonas.

"Just as a collective, [it's] knowing when to pull that trigger and when to say 'look, we can actually get points on the board here and get some go-forward’.

"Just punch and punch, just going back to basics when we have to go back to basics, not overcomplicating it.

"The most frustrating thing is we created so many opportunities.

"It was just a case of 'we’re not executing this’. When the forwards were firing, the backs weren’t firing.

"I think it’s a case that it’s kind of everyone needs to look at a team collective."


RWC 2021 Europe Qualifier schedule

Monday, 13 September

Scotland 13-38 Italy
Spain 8-7 Ireland

Sunday, 19 September

Italy v Ireland (2pm Irish time)
Spain v Scotland (5pm)

Saturday, 25 September

Italy v Spain (2pm)
Ireland v Scotland (5pm)

Follow Ireland v Italy with our live blog on RTÉ Sport Online and the RTÉ News app, watch live coverage on RTÉ Player or listen to Radio 1's Sunday Sport.