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Ireland vs England: Six Nations 2023 – LIVE!

Six Nations Super Saturday concludes with a huge clash between old rivals in Dublin this evening. The stage is set for the world’s top-ranked team to clinch a memorable Grand Slam on home soil after a fantastic tournament and send out another major warning shot as they try to end their World Cup curse in the autumn.

Few give England a prayer of spoiling the party tonight and denying Ireland a fourth slam overall, second in five years and first in this city, with Steve Borthwick’s side no doubt still feeling the effects of a record home drubbing by France at Twickenham. But if they can pull off a sizable upset, they would be doing Les Bleus a huge favour as they look to steal the title on the final day as they face Wales earlier on in Paris.

Borthwick will be demanding a swift response from his team as he brings back the likes of seasoned Test warriors Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi for what should be a bruising showdown. Follow Ireland vs England in the Six Nations live below, with expert analysis from Nick Purewal at the Aviva Stadium.

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KICK-OFF

Underway in Dublin!

Can England ruin Ireland’s Grand Slam party at the Aviva on St Patrick’s weekend?

Today’s referee is Jaco Peyper.

Owen Farrell kicks to get us off and running…

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Irish president Michael D Higgins is now walking down that red carpet, shaking hands with both sets of players led by captains Sexton and Farrell.

Plenty of pomp and circumstance pre-match in Dublin as usual, adding to that sense of occasion.

Now time for the national anthems, starting with God Save the King…

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Van der Flier out first

His 50th Ireland cap today.

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On their way out!

Players emerging onto the Aviva pitch now. We’re almost there!

It all comes down to this, the final game of the 2023 Six Nations.

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France beat Wales!

A thrilling 41-28 win in Paris leaves the ball very much in Ireland’s court…

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Nick Purewal’s pre-match thoughts

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Key battle

Jack Willis v Josh van der Flier

Former Wasps flanker Willis is as powerful at the breakdown as to leave Toulouse desperate to sign him up to an extended contract on French soil. Van der Flier is the world player of the year who dominates through stunning accuracy in every facet of the game. If Willis can edge out Van der Flier here, then England might just stand a chance of victory.

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Key battle

Maro Itoje v James Ryan

Itoje recently admitted he has been struggling with a medical condition which has affected his form. Respect to the Saracens lock for not detailing his issue any further, but still pointing out a reason for him losing some edge. The Lions star must be at his best against peerless Ryan, however. Whichever lock dominates the set-piece can expect to guide his team home.

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Key battle

Henry Arundell v Mack Hansen

London Irish speedster Arundell is to the manner born, given his progress through Harrow School. Hansen is the absolute journeyman in comparison, having trotted the globe from Australia to his current home. Arundell must cope with Ireland’s aerial bombardment, and England then must give him decent ball so he can do what he does best.

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