Six Nations Rugby 2022 Ireland vs Italy
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Ireland will face Italy in the 2022 Six Nations Rugby at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Here in this article, you are going to know when, where, and how to watch Ireland vs Italy match along with the lineup and prediction.

Match Preview:

Andy Farrell’s team was beaten by pre-tournament favorites France in their previous match, and they must now hope that outcomes go their way if they are to grab the title from Les Bleus’ ever-tightening grip. Mack Hansen will try to build on his impressive start as an Ireland international in this match, which appears to be a foregone conclusion for the Irish.

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Following another loss to England last time out, Italy’s losing skid now stands at 34 games, putting their future as one of the chosen six nations in jeopardy. According to multiple sources, Italy could be eliminated from the tournament if they do not drastically improve. Their chances of winning the competition appear to be slim.

Here you will know everything about the match.

When and Where is Ireland vs Italy Match Take Place?

Date: The game will be held on Sunday 27th February 2022.

Time: The kick-off will start at 3 pm.

Venue: The match will take place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The venue has a capacity of 51,700 people. So, if you are someone from there, you can watch the event directly from the stadium. Buy yours before the sales are out.

What TV Channel Will Broadcast?

ITV has the right to broadcast Ireland vs Italy rugby match on television. You will need a cable TV connection to watch the match there. Contact your operator if you are out of the network.

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Where to Watch Ireland vs Italy Match Online in 2022?

ITV Hub will live stream Ireland vs Italy rugby match online. You will need to subscribe to the channel to watch the match there. The monthly subscription fee will cost you £3.99 a month. You will be able to watch a lot of interesting events on the channel.

Ireland Lineup:

Main XV:

Lowry; Hansen, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Carbery, Gibson-Park; Porter, Sheehan, Furlong, Beirne, Baird; O’Mahony, Van der Flier, Doris.

Replacements:

Herring, Kilcoyne, Bealham, Treadwell, Conan, Casey, Sexton, Hume.

Italy Lineup:

Main XV:

E Padovani (Benetton); P Bruno (Zebre), J I Brex (Benetton), L Marin (Benetton), M Ioane (Benetton); P Garbisi (Montpellier), S Varney (Gloucester); D Fischetti (Zebre), G Lucchesi (Benetton), P Ceccarelli (Brive), N Cannone (Benetton), F Ruzza (Benetton), G Pettinelli (Benetton), M Lamaro (Benetton, capt), T Halafihi (Benetton).

Replacements:

E Faiva (Benetton), I Nemer (Benetton), T Pasquali (Benetton), D Sisi (Zebre), M Zuliani (Benetton), B Steyn (Benetton), A Fusco (Zebre), M Zanon (Benetton).

Ireland vs Italy Head-to-Head:

Ireland have won 29 of the previous 33 meetings between these two nations, including the last 11 in a row.

They have not lost to Italy since the 2013 Six Nations when the retiring Brian O’Driscoll was yellow carded in a 22-15 upset in Rome.

Team News:

Ireland coach Farrell has opted to stick with Joey Carbery at fly-half, despite influential captain Johnny Sexton’s return to fitness.

Carbery came in at 10 in Paris after Sexton was bothered by a hamstring issue and retains his spot, with the skipper on the bench.

Ireland shows six changes from the side that lost to France, with injured duo Ronan Kelleher and James Ryan replaced by Dan Sheehan and Ryan Baird as Peter O’Mahony starts at blindside flanker and Caelan Doris shifts to No8, with Jack Conan missing out.

Ulster’s Michael Lowry makes his debut at full-back, the fit-again Robbie Henshaw replaces Bundee Aki in midfield and Hansen swaps wings to accommodate the return of James Lowe.

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Lock Iain Henderson will miss Sunday’s game after returning a positive test for Covid-19.

Italy’s injury list continues to mount, with flanker Sebastian Negri out after being knocked unconscious in worrying scenes against England following a collision.

The likes of Marco Fuser, Johan Meyer and Jake Polledri are also out, as are Luca Morisi, Tommaso Menoncello, Ratuva Tavuyara and Ange Capuozzo.

Pierre Bruno makes his Italy debut on the wing, with Leonardo Marin making his Six Nations bow in the centers.

Giovanni Pettinelli gets the nod at blindside flanker, with Marco Zanon and Braam Steyn dropping to the bench and Federico Mori axed from the squad entirely.

Odds:

  • Ireland win: 1/200
  • Italy win: 80/1
  • Draw: 100/1

Prediction:

Ireland has shown some hopeful signs in the last year or so, and they will compete in the 2022 Six Nations competition all the way. For the Irish, this is an easy victory. At Murrayfield, they’ll play their biggest game of the weekend. Prediction: Ireland will win the game.

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