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England vs Ireland live stream — how to watch Six Nations 2022 clash online

Courtney Lawes of England and Johnny Sexton of Ireland could both feature in the England vs Ireland live stream
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The England vs Ireland live stream will probably decide who finishes second in this year's Six Nations Championship — although it could yet decide who finishes first.

England vs Ireland live stream, date, time, channels

The England vs Ireland live stream takes place today (Saturday, March 12).
Time 4.45 p.m. GMT / 11.45 a.m. ET / 8.45 a.m. PT
• U.K. — Watch FOR FREE on ITV Hub (opens in new tab)
• U.S. — Watch on Peacock (opens in new tab) (requires Premium or Premium Plus subscription)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

Both sides have two wins from their first three games and are separated only by the extra bonus point Ireland have picked up. France lead them by seven and eight points respectively, but with 10 points still on offer — and with England still to travel to Paris — anything could happen. 

One thing both sides know is that a defeat at Twickenham will definitely see them out of the running for the title. With that in mind, both coaches have made several changes for the clash — some of them potentially huge ones.

For Ireland, Johnny Sexton, their influential captain and holder of 103 caps, returns after missing the start of the competition. He's one of six changes, with Hugo Keenan, Andrew Conway, Bundee Aki, Cian Healy and James Ryan also coming into the team.

England coach Eddie Jones hasn't shaken things up quite so much, but Sam Simmonds replaces Alex Dombrandt at number eight and Jamie George is in for the injured Luke Cowan-Dickie at hooker. Joe Marchant will play at centre alongside Henry Slade, with Elliott Daly dropping to the bench. 

Before the game there was some doubt over whether Maro Itoje would be fit to play; the big lock was ill overnight. But fortunately (for England) he's been passed fit, so Joe Launchbury, who's on the bench, will have to wait for his first England appearance since December 2020.

Here's how they line up:

England: Steward; Malins, Marchant, Slade, Nowell; Smith, Randall; Genge, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Ewels, Lawes (c), Curry, Simmonds.

Replacements: Blamire, Marler, Stuart, Launchbury, Dombrandt, Youngs, Ford, Daly.

Ireland: Keenan; Conway, Ringrose, Aki, Lowe; Sexton (c), Gibson-Park; Healy, Sheehan, Furlong, Beirne, Ryan; O'Mahony, van der Flier, Doris.

Replacements: Herring, Kilcoyne, Bealham, Henderson, Conan, Murray, Carbery, Henshaw.

This Six Nations game really could go either way, so you won't want to miss a minute of the action. Read on and we'll tell you how to watch the Italy vs Scotland live stream from anywhere.

And don't forget to also turn in to the Italy vs Scotland live stream for more Six Nations rugby this weekend. Or, if you prefer a different shaped ball, we can tell you how to watch the Premier League week 29 fixtures.

Six Nations live streams

How to watch the England vs Ireland live stream for free in the UK

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The entire Six Nations rugby will be shown on free-to-air TV in the U.K. — and that's great news wherever you are.

The games are being split between BBC and ITV, but in the case of the England vs Ireland live stream you'll find it on ITV or ITV Hub (opens in new tab), with kick off set for 4.45 p.m. GMT. 

If, however, you're a Brit with a valid TV licence who isn't in the U.K. right now, you can still watch services from your home country. All you'll need is one of the best VPN services, like ExpressVPN (opens in new tab). Read on and we'll explain…

How to watch the England vs Ireland live stream in the Six Nations wherever you are

The England vs Ireland live stream will be shown on many different channels across the world, but what if you're not in your home country and want to watch it on your usual service?

The answer is to use a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN will let you tune into your home coverage from wherever you are — meaning that if you're abroad, you can use one of the best VPN services to watch the games live as if you were in your lounge.

Our favorite right now is ExpressVPN (opens in new tab), thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support. It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.

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Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.

Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to ITV Hub or another service and watch the game.

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How to watch the England vs Ireland live stream in the US

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Rugby fans in the U.S. can watch the England vs Ireland live stream on Peacock (opens in new tab), NBC's streaming service. To tune in, you'll need to be signed up for either a Premium subscription ($4.99/month) or Premium Plus ($9.99/month, which also gets rid of ads. 

The game starts at 11.15 a.m. ET / 8.15 a.m. PT.

If you're outside of the U.S. but still have the right Peacock subscription, you can watch the England vs Ireland live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

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In addition to showing the Six Nations rugby and selected Premier League 21/22 live streams, Peacock (opens in new tab) also has huge library of licensed content drawn from various brands. That includes shows like 30 Rock, The Voice, Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: SVU and This Is Us.

How to watch the England vs Ireland live stream in Canada

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Canadian rugby union fans can watch the England vs Ireland live stream on DAZN (opens in new tab)

Sadly, DAZN no longer offers new customers a 30-day free-trial period, so you'll have to pay the $20 CAD per month fee, although you can save a little by buying annually ($150 CAD). DAZN, if you're unfamiliar, has apps on every single streaming platform there is.

Canadians stuck abroad that still want their low-price alternative can use a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) to trick their streaming device into thinking it's back in the great white north.

How to watch the England vs Ireland live stream in Australia

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Those lucky Aussies can watch the England vs Ireland live stream on Stan Sport (opens in new tab) and enjoy all the Six Nations action from the other side of the globe. 

Stan can be accessed via a wide variety of devices including many smart TVs, iOS and Android phones, Chromecast, Apple TV and more — plus it costs a very reasonable $20 AUD per month ($10 for a standard subscription and $10 for the Sport add-on). A 7-day FREE trial (opens in new tab) gives you a taste of the platform — and the good news is that the free trial also includes the Sport add-on.

As well as the Six Nations rugby, Stan also has Champions League 21/22 live streams and Europa League coverage plus tennis action from Wimbledon and Roland-Garros and lots more.

Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Stan account, as if you were back home.

How to watch the England vs Ireland live stream in New Zealand

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New Zealanders can watch the England vs Ireland live stream on Sky Sport (opens in new tab). This costs $57.98 NZD per month, or $31.99/month extra if you already have Sky but not Sport. Plus there's currently an offer which gives you your first month free when you sign up for a year.

Alternatively, you could go for the Sky Sport Now service (opens in new tab), which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $19.99/week / $39.99/month or $399/year. 

Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow the game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab)

Six Nations table

Position

Team

P

PD

Bonus

Pts

1

France

456218

2

Ireland367311

3

England334

2

10
4Wales4-2726
5Scotland3-19

1

5

6

Italy

3-111

0

0

Six Nations fixtures

Friday, March 11

  • Wales vs France (9-13)

Saturday, March 12

  • Italy vs Scotland (2.15 p.m. GMT)
  • England vs Ireland (4.45 p.m. GMT)

Saturday, March 19

  • Wales vs Italy (2.15 p.m. GMT)
  • Ireland vs Scotland (4.45 p.m. GMT)
  • France vs England (8 p.m GMT)

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