IT’S a battle of two new head coaches in the Six Nations as Andy Farrell’s Ireland host Wayne Pivac’s Wales in Dublin.
Both teams got off to winning starts in the opening weekend, but it is the visiting Welsh who will head into this one with more confidence.
Ireland squeezed past Scotland with a 19-12 win, while Wales were far more convincing in crushing whipping boys Italy 42-0 at the Principality Stadium.
What time does Ireland vs Wales kick off?
- Ireland vs Wales commences at 2.15pm today.
- The match takes place at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
What TV channel is Ireland vs Wales on and can I live stream it?
- Ireland vs Wales will be live on ITV1 in the UK.
- Coverage commences 50 minutes before kick-off at 1.25pm.
- To stream the game live, head to the ITV Hub.
- In Ireland, the Six Nations is live on Virgin Media One.
- In the United States, the Six Nations is live on NBC Sports Gold.
- If you’re watching from the US, you can stream with an NBC Rugby Pass for $79.99 per year.
- As well as the Six Nations, this will allow you to watch every match from the Heineken Champions Cup and the English Premiership.
Can I watch Ireland vs Wales for free?
- ITV and the ITV Hub are free for UK viewers, provided you have a TV licence.
- Irish viewers can also watch for free, with Virgin Media One being free-to-air.
Wales have 69 wins to Ireland’s 53 and seven draws being played out between the two sides.
The teams met three times in 2019, with Ireland winning home and away in World Cup warm-up matches.
But in the one that really mattered, Wales won 25-7 at the Principality Stadium to seal the Six Nations grand slam.
All Six Nations matches between the two sides have been won by the home team since 2016, when Ireland and Wales played out a 16-16 draw at the Aviva Stadium.
What they said
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell: “We’re in a good place, we’re brimming, ready for what we know is going to be a really, really tough game.
“We know that Wales are Grand Slam champions and semi-finalists at the World Cup and rightly so.
“They’re being talked up as a great team. We know what’s coming this week, we get excited by that as well.”
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac on his team selection: “We’ve made just one change after a winning start last weekend.
“Nick [Tompkins] comes into the side, I thought he played exceptionally well when he came on last week so he deserves the start.
“George, who played really well last weekend at centre, moves back out to the wing.”
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