Ireland is going to take on Italy in the second round of the Rugby Six Nations championship game on Sun 11, Feb 2024. The Ireland vs. Italy rugby rivalry is a relatively recent development in the grand scheme of international rugby. Italy joined the Six Nations Championship, where they regularly face Ireland, in 2000. Since then, the rivalry has grown in prominence, even if it doesn’t boast the same historical background as some of the other matchups.
Historically, Ireland has dominated this fixture, with a string of victories. However, what makes this rivalry intriguing is Italy’s determination to close the gap and prove their worth as a competitive rugby nation. Their occasional competitive performances and upsets over the years have shown glimpses of their potential.
In this guide I am going to take some overview on Ireland vs Italy Six Nations Rigby h2h record, Predictions, TV Channels, Live Streaming and Complete Lineups.
Ireland vs Italy H2H in Rugby
The history of Ireland-Italy rugby union matches stretches back to New Year’s Eve 1988, when Ireland defeated Italy 31-15 in a tour test match. Ireland has dominated the encounters, with the Italians winning four of them. The most recent meeting between the sides occurred during the 2023 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches in Dublin, which Ireland won 33-17.
Overall, since ages, Ireland is way dominant in comparison with the Italian team. Overall they have played 36 matches at top level where Ireland won 32 while Italy has only 4 and 3 were in home conditions. So Ireland will be 70-30 better off over Italy in Six Nations Rugby.
|Details||Played||Won by Ireland||Won by Italy||Drawn||Ireland points||Italy points|
Andrew Porter, Rob Herring, Tadhg Furlong, Joe McCarthy, James Ryan, Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony, Caelan Doris, Jamison Gibson-Park, Johnny Sexton (c), James Lowe, Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose, Keith Earls, Hugo Keenan
Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Jeremy Loughman, Tom O’Toole, Iain Henderson, Josh van der Flier, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Robbie Henshaw.
|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 Ireland vs Italy Six Nations Rugby Match on TV?
If you want to follow other the live streaming option, you can catch the live action on your TVs at home as well. I have complied a list of TV channels where the live game will be available across different locations of the world:
USA: You can watch Ireland vs Italy game on NBC Sports. NBC Sports is one of the most popular sports channel and is available via all of the cable service providers.
Canada: DAZN Canada has exclusive rights to broadcast Six Nations Rugby 2024 games including the Ireland vs Italy 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 Ireland vs Italy match right on your TV.
United Kingdom: For Ireland vs Italy game, you need to tune to ITV1, which is widely available with the regular cable TV providers in the UK market. If it is not available there, you can go for the alternative like the BBC One and S4C.
France: If you are in France “France 2” is the only options to get any Six Nations Rugby matches on TV.
Ireland: Irelanders can watch Ireland vs Italy game on either RTE or Virgin Media TV as the rights are divided within both of these channels equally.
Italy: If you are from Italy, pay tribute to Sky as they bring the maximum Six Nations Rugby matches for you including the Ireland vs Italy game.
New Zealand: Sky Sports is the sole supplier of Rugby Six Nations content in New Zealand jurisdiction. So, if you are at home, navigate to Sky Sports now and enjoy live Ireland vs Italy game in action.
Where to Live Stream Ireland vs Italy Six Nations Championship 2024 Game?
There are as many as options that you like to live stream the Ireland vs Italy 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. In order to watch the match and to unblock anyone of them you will surely need a top-notch VPN.
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, including Sling Orange and Sling Blue, which have different channel lineups. To watch rugby, you’ll need a package 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, including those 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. These channels could include NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) or others, depending on your location.
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 Ireland vs Italy 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 the broadcasters of the Six Nations Rugby Championship in Italy. 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, Apple TV, and more.