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Posted Feb 10 2013 1:23pm

Six Nations: Ireland v England (Sun)



England vs Ireland live online (Click Here)

Date:  Sunday, 10 February
Venue:  Aviva Stadium
Kick-off:  15:00 GMT
Referee:  Jérôme Garces (France)
Assistant referees:  Nigel Owens (Wales), Pascal Gauzere (France)
Television match official:  Iain Ramage (Scotland)


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RBS Six Nations Championship

  • Venue: Aviva Stadium
  • Date: Sunday, 10 February
  • Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, BBC One HD and online from 14:25 GMT; listen on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster FM and online; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles; watch again on BBC iPlayer.

England vs Ireland live online (Click Here)

Date:  Sunday, 10 February
Venue:  Aviva Stadium
Kick-off:  15:00 GMT
Referee:  Jérôme Garces (France)
Assistant referees:  Nigel Owens (Wales), Pascal Gauzere (France)
Television match official:  Iain Ramage (Scotland)


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It has been a decade since England won a Six Nations match in Dublin, but what a victory that was. The 42-6 hammering in 2003 sealed the Grand Slam and was another step on their irresistible march towards World Cup glory.

While Stuart Lancaster's side are a long way off a Grand Slam in this Six Nations, the portents look good following last weekend's win over Scotland.

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But then the same can be said of the Irish. Fourth favourites at the start of the tournament, a majestic opening half against Wales, and a warrior-like backs-to-the-wall effort in the second, means they have Grand Slam hopes of their own.

One team's dream will of course be ended this weekend, but it would take a brave man to say which one it will be.

Lancaster has said that this match will be "a true test of our maturity" for his young side. But the confidence gained from their last two internationals against New Zealand and Scotland - in which they have scored 76 points and seven tries - is likely to ensure they are not cowed by a Dublin atmosphere that Lancaster feels lifts the home team by 10%.

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This is a completely different team going to Dublin from 2011, with a completely different mentality. That said, playing the Irish in Dublin is a unique challenge

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The win over the Scots helped England reclaim fourth spot in the world rankings and Irish centre Brian O'Driscoll was one of many interested observers to note that this Red Rose team are playing with an intensity level he feels "has been significantly raised from previous years".

The headlines this week have been dominated by the mouth-watering match-up between the opposing fly-halves. England's Owen Farrell and Ireland's Jonny Sexton both kicked 22 goals in last year's Six Nations and last week weighed in with 18 and 15 points respectively.

Before the Six Nations, Sexton was favourite for the number 10 jersey on the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia this summer but Farrell staked an early claim against Scotland, when he combined his usual metronomic place kicking with a hitherto unseen eye for a long pass.

The last time the sides met was at Twickenham on St Patrick's Day last year when England's scrum put on a display of power that was enough to curdle a pint of Guinness. The Irish pack were left punch drunk but if their display last week in Cardiff is anything to go by they have toughened up considerably since that chastening day.

The 30-22 win over Wales owed as much to the ferocious tackling put in by the Irish forwards as it did for the rapier invention of their back division marshalled by the imperious O'Driscoll. They put in a shuddering 200 tackles at the Millennium Stadium and it was no surprise that the top five tacklers after round one of the Six Nations all came from the Irish scrum.

Match facts


  • England have not won a Six Nations match in Dublin since 2003, scoring an unlucky 13 points in three out of the four matches since. But they won 20-9 on their last visit to the Aviva in August 2011.
  • This is the second oldest international fixture, dating back to 1875. England have 72 wins to Ireland's 46.
  • Ireland have not won their opening two games of a Six Nations campaign since they won the Grand Slam in 2009. England have won their opening two games for the past four seasons.


  • Ireland have not scored a try in their last two matches with England.
  • They committed 15 infringements and received two yellow cards v Wales.
  • Replacement Ronan O'Gara is still the only player to have featured in all 13 previous seasons of the Six Nations.


  • England made 655 metres in attack against Scotland, more than double their average from 2012.
  • England's line-up v Scotland was the second youngest line-up by any team in the Six Nations era.
  • England's next try will be their 200th in the Six Nations.

Team line-ups

Ireland: 15-Rob Kearney; 14-Craig Gilroy, 13-Brian O'Driscoll, 12-Gordon D'Arcy, 11-Simon Zebo; 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Conor Murray, 8-Jamie Heaslip (captain), 7-Sean O'Brien, 6-Peter O'Mahony, 5-Donnacha Ryan, 4-Mike McCarthy, 3-Mike Ross, 2-Rory Best, 1-Cian Healy.

Replacements: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-David Kilcoyne, 18-Declan Fitzpatrick, 19-Donncha O'Callaghan, 20-Chris Henry, 21-Eoin Reddan, 22-Ronan O'Gara, 23-Keith Earls.

England: 15-Alex Goode, 14-Chris Ashton, 13-Brad Barritt, 12-Billy Twelvetrees, 11-Mike Brown, 10-Owen Farrell, 9-Ben Youngs; 1-Joe Marler, 2-Tom Youngs, 3-Dan Cole, 4-Joe Launchbury, 5-Geoff Parling, 6-James Haskell, 7-Chris Robshaw (captain) 8-Tom Wood.

Replacements: 16-Dylan Hartley, 17-Dave Wilson, 18-Mako Vunipola, 19-Courntey Lawes, 20-Thomas Waldrom, 21-Danny Care, 22-Toby Flood, 23-Manu Tuilagi.

Match officials

Referee: Jérôme Garces (FFR)

Touch judges: Nigel Owens (WRU) and Pascal Gauzere (FFR)

TV: Iain Ramage (SRU)

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