Here we are. Right where Ireland wanted to be.

There's a championship and a Grand Slam within touching distance and all the signs point to a famous night in Lansdowne Road.

Ireland have won this present incarnation of the competition four times (2009, 2014, 2015, 2018) but each time the final game came on the road so Dublin, in the middle of the St Patrick's Festival, is set to host an incredible occasion - if Andy Farrell's side can get the job done against a England team at the start of what looks like a substantial rebuild under Steve Borthwick.

Find out all you need to know about the match right here.


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The match is live on Virgin Media One with highlights on Against the Head, RTÉ2, Monday 8pm.


The match is forecast to kick off under rainy skies in Dublin in about 10C, however, it's currently predicted to clear up with the sun making an attempt to break through as the game progresses.

Ireland will be wary against a hurting England outfit but you will have to dig deep to come up with a reasonable argument as to how Andy Farrell's side can lose this match.

England arrive off the back of a record loss to France last weekend, while the hosts, ranked one in the world, are on the crest of a wave with the prize of a fourth ever Grand Slam in reach.

Impressive wins over Wales and France have been backed up with gritty and character-revealing victories over Italy and Scotland on the road.

Their nine-game winning run stretches back to the the second Test in New Zealand last summer and includes matches against South Africa, Australia, France and the All Blacks.

Ireland have won their last seven championship games, which is a joint record with a run in 2004-2005.

Captain Johnny Sexton will take the Six Nations points record on his own if he scores; he is currently level with Ronan O'Gara on 557.

The equation for Ireland is simple: win and take the ultimate prize. France are the only team who can nick the title. To do that Fabien Galthie's side need to win, realistically but not necessarily with a bonus point against Wales, and hope that England can pull of the mother of all shocks an make light of a 14-point underdog status.

Farrell has made three changes to the team that beat Scotland 22-7 with Robbie Henshaw and Ryan Baird replacing injured duo Garry Ringrose and Iain Henderson in the centre and second row, respectively. Jamison Gibson-Park gets the nod at scrum-half ahead of Conor Murray.

Crucially, Caelan Doris and Dan Sheehan, both early substitutions in Murrayfield have been passed fit.

Steve Borthwick has recalled out-half Owen Farrell, son of Irish boss Andy, centre Manu Tuilagi and hand a first Test start to London Irish wing Harry Arundell.

Ireland: Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (capt), Jamison Gibson-Park; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong; Ryan Baird, James Ryan; Peter O'Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris

Replacements: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, Tom O'Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Ross Byrne, Jimmy O'Brien

England: Freddie Steward; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Henry Arundell; Owen Farrell (capt), Jack van Poortvliet; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler; Maro Itoje, David Ribbans; Lewis Ludlam, Jack Willis, Alex Dombrandt.

Replacements: Jack Walker, Mako Vunipola, Dan Cole, Nick Isiekwe, Ben Curry, Alex Mitchell, Marcus Smith, Joe Marchant.


England 15-32 Ireland (Twickenham) 12 March 2022 - Six Nations
Ireland 32-18 England (Aviva Stadium) 20 March 2021 - Six Nations
England 18-7 Ireland (Twickenham) 21 November 2020 - Autumn Nations Cup


Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)

Assistant Referee 1: Ben O'Keeffe (NZR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pierre Brousset (FFR)
TMO: Marius Jonker (SARU)


Andy Farrell (Ireland head coach): "You can feel the buzz, that's what we've done, we've put ourselves in a position to have a crack at this and it's something that we've been up front about from the beginning, which is pretty pleasing. Now we're here, we've got to deliver."

Steve Borthwick: (England head coach): "I have witnessed an England squad determined to make amends for the defeat at Twickenham, and I am confident that the team will once again want to show the sort of resilience and attitude that brought us victory in Wales."

Ireland v England is the final game of Super Saturday with the games beginning at 12.30pm with the visit of Italy to Scotland (live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player).

France host Wales (2.45pm) in the middle game, looking to put pressure on Ireland to complete their clean sweep.