The outcome of the Ireland vs Italy live stream is not really in doubt unless there's a monumental upset, but Ireland will want to get back to winning ways with a bonus-point victory against the weakest side in the Six Nations.
The Ireland vs Italy live stream takes place today (Sunday, February 27).
► Time 3 p.m. GMT / 10 a.m. ET / 7 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)
Ireland went into their last game with France on a high. They'd beaten Wales in their opening Six Nations game and were on a run of 10 straight victories including wins over England and New Zealand. But Les Blues were too strong for them that day, beating them 30-24 to consign their grand slam hopes to dust.
They still have high hopes of winning the Six Nations title though, and that quest resumes in Dublin on Sunday. The good news for the Irish is that talisman captain Johnny Sexton is back after missing the previous two games. He'll bring 102 caps of experience into what is already a tried and tested squad, but he's only among the replacements today.
There's a change for Ireland at full-back, where Michael Lowry makes his Ireland debut, while James Lowe has recovered from injury and is on the wing. Robbie Henshaw comes in for Bundee Aki, while Dan Sheehan and Ryan Baird are also in the team.
Italy's ambition may technically be to win, but they'd probably settle for a try or two and avoiding a hiding. The smart money says it will be Six Nations defeat number 35 on the trot, though.
Here are the teams:
Ireland: Lowry; Hansen, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe; Carbery, Gibson-Park; Porter, Sheehan, Furlong, Beirne, Baird, O'Mahony (capt), Van der Flier, Doris.
Replacements: Herring, Kilcoyne, Bealham, Treadwell, Conan, Casey, Sexton, Hume.
Italy: Padovani; Bruno, Brex, Marin, Ioane; Garbisi, Varney; Fischetti, Lucchesi, Ceccarelli, Cannone, Ruzza, Pettinelli, Lamaro (capt), Halafihi.
Replacements: Faiva, Nemer, Pasquali, Sisi, Zuliani, Steyn, Fusco, Zanon.
How many will Ireland win by? Find out by watching the Ireland vs Italy live stream.
And don't forget to also turn in to the Chelsea vs Liverpool live stream in the Carabao Cup Final.
Six Nations live streams
How to watch the Ireland vs Italy live stream for free in the UK
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 Ireland vs Italy live stream you'll find it on ITV or ITV Hub (opens in new tab), with kick off set for 3 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 Ireland vs Italy live stream in the Six Nations wherever you are
The Ireland vs Italy 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.
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 Ireland vs Italy live stream in the US
Rugby fans in the U.S. can watch the Ireland vs Italy 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 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT.
If you're outside of the U.S. but still have the right Peacock subscription, you can watch the Ireland vs Italy live stream by using a VPN such as ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
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 Ireland vs Italy live stream in Canada
Canadian rugby union fans can watch the Ireland vs Italy 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 Ireland vs Italy live stream in Australia
Those lucky Aussies can watch the Ireland vs Italy 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 Ireland vs Italy live stream in New Zealand
New Zealanders can watch the Ireland vs Italy 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
Six Nations fixtures
Saturday, February 26
- Scotland vs France (2.15 p.m GMT)
- England vs Wales (4.45 p.m. GMT)
Sunday, February 27
- Ireland vs Italy (3 p.m. GMT)
Friday, March 11
- Wales vs France (8 p.m. GMT)
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)