Italy is going to take on England in the first round of the Rugby Six Nations championship game on Sat 3, Feb 2024. The stark contrast in playing styles often characterizes the Italy vs. England rugby rivalry. England, with its long-standing rugby heritage, epitomizes the traditional and physical aspects of the game.
Their forward-dominated play, power in the scrum, and precision in set pieces have been hallmarks of English rugby for generations. The English squad is known for its structured gameplay and uncompromising defense, making them a formidable force on the field.
In contrast, Italy, a relative newcomer to international rugby, brings a flair and unpredictability to the game. Italian rugby has evolved over the years, and they are now recognized for their exciting, open-field play, featuring skillful backs who can turn the game on its head with their creativity. While they may not possess the same depth as England, Italy’s underdog status often fuels their determination and makes them a team to watch out for.
In this guide I will take an overview of Italy vs England Six Nations Rigby h2h record, Predictions, TV Channels, Live Streaming and Complete Lineups.
Italy vs England H2H in Rugby
England and Italy’s national rugby union teams have been facing each other in Test rugby since 1991, and by February 2023, they had met in 30 test matches, all of which England had won.
Their first meeting was in the 1991 Rugby World Cup on October 8, 1991, and England won 36-6. Prior to entering the Six Nations Championship, England had met Italy three times in Rugby World Cups, once in a Rugby World Cup qualifier at Huddersfield and once in an Autumn International. The addition of Italy in the Six Nations Championship in 2000 guarantees frequent matches between the sides.
Despite some excellent, spirited performances by Italy, who have yet to earn their first victory or draw in the fixture, England has dominated the matches between the sides. The two sides had the closest outcomes in the 2008 and 2012 Six Nations championships, with England winning both games by four points.
The most recent meeting between the two sides ended in a 31-14 England victory at Twickenham Stadium in London during the second round of the 2023 Six Nations Championship.
Overall, for ages, England has been the dominant team compared to Italy, and my take on this match is 95-05 in favor of England.
|Details||Played||Won by England||Won by Italy||Drawn||England points||Italy points|
15 Freddie Steward, 14 Jonny May, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Alex Mitchell; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Ollie Chessum, 6 Courtney Lawes (captain), 7 Tom Curry, 8 Ben Earl
Replacements: 16 Theo Dan, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Will Stuart, 19 George Martin, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Danny Care, 22 Marcus Smith, 23 Ollie Lawrence.
|Name||Position||Age||Height||Weight||Height ft/in||Weight st/lb|
|Italy||Danilo FISCHETTI||Prop||25 y/o||1.81 m||112 kg||5 ft 11 in||17 st 8.92 lb; 246.92 lb|
|Italy||Federico ZANI||Prop||34 y/o||1.79 m||120 kg||5 ft 10 in||18 st 12.55 lb; 264.55 lb|
|Argentina||Ivan NEMER||Prop||25 y/o||1.78 m||117 kg||5 ft 10 in||18 st 5.94 lb; 257.94 lb|
|Italy||Marco RICCIONI||Prop||25 y/o||1.86 m||124 kg||6 ft 1 in||19 st 7.37 lb; 273.37 lb|
|Italy||Pietro CECCARELLI||Prop||31 y/o||1.84 m||128 kg||6 ft||20 st; 282.19 lb|
|Italy||Simone FERRARI||Prop||29 y/o||1.86 m||120 kg||6 ft 1 in||18 st 12.55 lb; 264.55 lb|
|Italy||Giacomo NICOTERA||Hooker||27 y/o||1.83 m||108 kg||6 ft||17 st; 238.10 lb|
|New Zealand||Hame FAIVA||Hooker||29 y/o||1.82 m||106 kg||6 ft||16 st; 233.69 lb|
|Italy||Luca BIGI||Hooker||32 y/o||1.80 m||108 kg||5 ft 11 in||17 st 0.10 lb; 238.10 lb|
|England||David SISI||Lock||30 y/o||1.95 m||125 kg||6 ft 5 in||19 st 9.58 lb; 275.58 lb|
|England||Dino LAMB||Lock||25 y/o||1.96 m||119 kg||6 ft 5 in||18 st 10.35 lb; 262.35 lb|
|Italy||Federico RUZZA||Lock||29 y/o||1.98 m||110 kg||6 ft 6 in||17 st 4.51 lb; 242.51 lb|
|Italy||Niccolò CANNONE||Lock||25 y/o||1.96 m||121 kg||6 ft 5 in||19 st 0.76 lb; 266.76 lb|
|Italy||Giovanni PETTINELLI||Back row||27 y/o||1.93 m||106 kg||6 ft 4 in||16 st 9.69 lb; 233.69 lb|
|Italy||Lorenzo CANNONE||Back row||22 y/o||1.89 m||106 kg||6 ft 2 in||16 st 9.69 lb; 233.69 lb|
|Italy||Manuel ZULIANI||Back row||23 y/o||1.88 m||111 kg||6 ft 2 in||17 st 6.71 lb; 244.71 lb|
|Italy||Michele LAMARO||Back row||25 y/o||1.88 m||103 kg||6 ft 2 in||16 st 3.08 lb; 227.08 lb|
|Italy||Seb NEGRI||Back row||29 y/o||1.94 m||111 kg||6 ft 4 in||17 st 6.71 lb; 244.71 lb|
|New Zealand||Toa HALAFIHI||Back row||29 y/o||1.85 m||110 kg||6 ft 1 in||17 st 4.51 lb; 242.51 lb|
|Italy||Alessandro FUSCO||Scrum-half||23 y/o||1.85 m||91 kg||6 ft 1 in||14 st 4.62 lb; 200.62 lb|
|Italy||Alessandro GARBISI||Scrum-half||21 y/o||1.74 m||88 kg||5 ft 9 in||13 st 12.01 lb; 194.01 lb|
|France||Martin PAGE-RELO||Scrum-half||24 y/o||1.73 m||77 kg||5 ft 8 in||12 st 1.76 lb; 169.76 lb|
|Wales||Stephen VARNEY||Scrum-half||22 y/o||1.75 m||80 kg||5 ft 9 in||12 st 8.37 lb; 176.37 lb|
|Italy||Giacomo DA RE||Fly-half||24 y/o||1.80 m||84 kg||5 ft 11 in||13 st 3.19 lb; 185.19 lb|
|Italy||Paolo GARBISI||Fly-half||23 y/o||1.84 m||97 kg||6 ft||15 st; 213.85 lb|
|Italy||Tommy ALLAN||Fly-half||30 y/o||1.84 m||93 kg||6 ft||14 st; 205.03 lb|
|Argentina||Ignacio BREX||Centre||31 y/o||1.89 m||99 kg||6 ft 2 in||15 st 8.26 lb; 218.26 lb|
|Italy||Luca MORISI||Centre||32 y/o||1.83 m||102 kg||6 ft||16 st; 224.87 lb|
|Australia||Monty IOANE||Winger||28 y/o||1.80 m||95 kg||5 ft 11 in||14 st 13.44 lb; 209.44 lb|
|England||Paolo ODOGWU||Winger||26 y/o||1.75 m||100 kg||5 ft 9 in||15 st 10.46 lb; 220.46 lb|
|Italy||Pierre BRUNO||Winger||27 y/o||1.78 m||92 kg||5 ft 10 in||14 st 6.83 lb; 202.83 lb|
|France||Ange CAPUOZZO||Fullback||24 y/o||1.78 m||82 kg||5 ft 10 in||12 st 12.78 lb; 180.78 lb|
|Italy||Lorenzo PANI||Fullback||21 y/o||1.92 m||96 kg||6 ft 4 in||15 st 1.64 lb; 211.64 lb|
What Channel is Italy vs England Six Nations Rugby Match on TV?
If you want to follow the other live-streaming option, you can also catch the live action on your TVs at home. I have compiled a list of TV channels where the live game will be available across different locations of the world:
USA: You can watch Italy vs England game on NBC Sports. NBC Sports is one of the most popular sports channels available via all cable service providers.
Canada: DAZN Canada has exclusive rights to broadcast Six Nations Rugby 2024 games, including the Italy vs England match in Canadian territory.
Australia: If you are in Australia, tune on to Stan Sport now and will be all good to stream today’s Italy vs England match right on your TV.
United Kingdom: For Italy vs England game, you need to tune to ITV1, which is widely available with the regular cable TV providers in the UK market. If it is unavailable there, you can go for the alternative like the BBC iPlayer and S4C.
France: If you are in France “France 2” is the only option to get any Six Nations Rugby matches on TV.
Ireland: Irelanders can watch Italy vs England game on either RTE or Virgin Media TV as the rights are divided equally within both channels.
Italy: If you are from Italy, pay tribute to Sky as they bring you the maximum Six Nations Rugby matches, including the Italy vs England game.
New Zealand: Sky Sports is the sole Rugby Six Nations content supplier in New Zealand’s jurisdiction. So, if you are at home, navigate to Sky Sports now and enjoy live Italy vs England game in action.
Where to Live Stream Italy vs England Six Nations Championship 2024 Game?
There are as many as options that you like to live stream the Italy vs England Rugby World Cup game. All you need to check what streaming app is suitable for your jurisdictions, as not all the apps are available worldwide. You will surely need a top-notch VPN to watch the match and unblock any of them.
SlingTV (USA): Sling TV is one of the streaming platforms in the United States that offers access to live sports, including rugby events like the Six Nations Championship at the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). Sling TV offers various packages with different channel lineups, including Sling Orange and Sling Blue. You’ll need a package to watch rugby that includes channels broadcasting the Six Nations matches.
fuboTV (USA): Fubo TV is another streaming platform in the United States that provides access to live sports, including rugby events like the Six Nations Rugby on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). Fubo TV offers various packages, including different channel lineups. You will need a package that includes channels broadcasting the Six Nations matches.
Hulu+Live TV (USA): The Six Nations Championship matches are broadcast on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and affiliated networks in the United States. Make sure that your Hulu + Live TV package includes these channels. You will need to subscribe to a specific plan or add-on to access rugby coverage.
Youtube TV (USA): YouTube TV includes various channels that show sports like the Six Nations Rugby Championship. You’ll need to make sure that it has the channels that broadcast the Six Nations Rugby matches. Depending on your location, these channels could include NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) or others.
RTE Player (Canada): If you are in Canada, RTE Player is one of your best options to live stream Six Nations Rugby games online.
DAZN (Canada): If you have already subscribed to DAZN Canada, you don’t need anything else as you already have access to the unlimited world of Six Nations Rugby.
BBC iPLayer (UK): BBC iPlayer primarily provides access to content from the BBC, including Six Nations Rugby Championship matches when they are broadcast on BBC channels like BBC One in the present case. BBC iPlayer is primarily intended for viewers in the United Kingdom. If you’re located outside the UK, you may need to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access BBC iPlayer. Be aware that using a VPN to access region-restricted content may violate the platform’s terms of service.
ITV Hub (UK): ITV Hub is primarily intended for the Six Nations Rugby Championship viewers in the United Kingdom. You can use the search function or browse through the available content to find the Six Nations Rugby Championship matches you want to watch online.
RTE Player (Ireland): RTE Player is the streaming platform associated with RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann), the national broadcaster of Rugby Six Nations including the Italy vs England match in Ireland. You’ll need to create an RTE Player account. Registration is typically free, but you may need to provide some personal information and agree to the platform’s terms and conditions.
Sky Italia (Italy): Sky Italia is one of Italy’s broadcasters of the Six Nations Rugby Championship. Sky Italia offers an online streaming service called “Sky Go.” You can wither visit the Sky Go website or download the Sky Go app on your smartphone, tablet, smart TV, or streaming device.
Stan Sport (Australia): Stan Sport is a sports streaming service available in Australia that broadcasts the Six Nations Rugby Championship all games. You can download the Stan Sport app on your smartphone, tablet, smart TV, or streaming device. The app is also available on various platforms, including iOS, Android, and Apple TV.