Ireland host England in the 2015 Six Nations at the Aviva Stadium.

Where to Watch

Kick-off is at 15:00 (GMT) on 1 March, and is live on BBC1 and BBC1 HD, with live commentary available at BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online.


With both teams possessing a 100% record after the opening two matches of this Six Nations championship, their latest clash in Dublin is a title and grand slam decider.

Ireland - Joe Schmidt's side are ranked third in the world - defeated first Italy then France, where Johnny Sexton kicked them to victory.

England have been far more effective and impressive on their rise to the top of the Six Nations table. Victory over Cardiff marked a highlight for Stuart Lancaster's coaching career before they ran in six tries to dismiss the spirited Azzuri.

England's injury problems have been heavily documented, though answered with a string of fine showings from their back-up players, injury to Jamie Heaslip could make the No.8's absence for the Irish the most pivotal of all.

Mike Brown has failed to recover from the concussion which saw him replaced against Italy. Meanwhile Alex Goode comes in at full-back for England while Jack Nowell is back in on the wing ahead of Jonny May.


Ireland: 15. Rob Kearney, 14. Tommy Bowe, 13. Jared Payne, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. Simon Zebo, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Conor Murray; 1. Jack McGrath, 2. Rory Best, 3. Mike Ross, 4. Devin Toner, 5-Paul O'Connell (c), 6-Peter O'Mahony, 7-Sean O'Brien, 8-Jordi Murphy

Replacements: 16. Sean Cronin, 17. Cian Healy, 18. Martin Moore, 19. Iain Henderson, 20. Tommy O'Donnell, 21. Eoin Reddan, 22. Ian Madigan, 23. Felix Jones

England: 15. Alex Goode, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Luther Burrell, 11. Jack Nowell, 10. George Ford, 9. Ben Youngs; 1. Joe Marler, 2. Dylan Hartley, 3. Dan Cole, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. George Kruis, 6. James Haskell, 7. Chris Robshaw (c), 8. Billy Vunipola

Replacements: 16. Tom Youngs, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Henry Thomas, 19. Nick Easter, 20. Tom Croft, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. Danny Cipriani, 23. Billy Twelvetrees

What the Coaches Say

Joe Schmidt: "It is a tough one to call and England have every right to come here in every confidence not just with recent form and previous years against but against all comers.

"Their win over Australia has really given them the momentum they were looking for. I still think the benchmark performance was against Wales in the first round of the Championship.

"The present and the immediate future is what we need to control now. It is easier to control if you've got a little bit of confidence. I think it can be a distraction."

Stuart Lancaster: "International rugby is about taking chances, it about all the little bits and pieces that put together an international performance.It's going to be one of those games. They've got a fantastic record at the moment having won the last nine games.

"I think I looked at their side and there's nine British Lions, depending on their starting XV, but probably nine British Lions, which is a big number, so it shows the quality of players they're got.

"They're obviously well coached. You can see that by the way their maul is put together, their defensive system, attacking threat and kicking game. They're a very good team and they are playing great rugby at the moment."