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Ireland v Scotland: What time, what channel and what we need to do to win the Six Nations


Ireland head coach Andy Farrell’s team remain in title contention (Brian Lawless/PA)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell’s team remain in title contention (Brian Lawless/PA)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell’s team remain in title contention (Brian Lawless/PA)

Ireland take on Scotland in Six Nations action this weekend with a shot at the Six Nations crown. Here’s all you need to know about the match.

Where and when is it on?

Saturday's match takes place at the Aviva Stadium with a 4.45pm kick-off.

How can Ireland win the Six Nations title?

There are a few scenarios where Andy Farrell's side can take home the trophy.

The most simple one is if Ireland beat Scotland and France lose to England in Paris on Saturday night. A French draw coupled with an Ireland win would also see us home, unless France were to pick up a try-bonus point and Ireland did not.

Funnily enough, there is also a scenario whereby Ireland could lose to Scotland - picking up a losing and try-bonus point in the process - and still claim the title, were France to lose to England by more than seven.

An Ireland draw and a French defeat by eight or more would also be enough.

What are the teams?

Mack Hansen is back on the Ireland wing after Andrew Conway picked up a knee injury.

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The Connacht winger is restored to the right-wing in one of three changes to the starting XV from last weekend's record win over England in Twickenham.

Iain Henderson replaces James Ryan to partner Tadhg Beirne in the second-row, while Jack Conan returns to the No 8 shirt with Caelan Doris shifting to blindside as Peter O'Mahony drops to the bench.

Ireland: Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (captain), Jamison Gibson Park; Cian Healy, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong; Tadhg Beirne, Iain Henderson; Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier, Jack Conan.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, Kieran Treadwell, Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Robbie Henshaw

Finn Russell has been dropped by Scotland coach Gregor Townsend as he bids to claim his first win against the Irish this Saturday and spoil their Triple Crown and title chances.

The pair have history, with Townsend and Russell enduring a well-publicised fall-out two years ago when the Racing 92 play-maker was temporarily banished from the squad.

Edinburgh out-half Blair Kinghorn is rewarded for some impressive performances, including his starring role in the recent United Rugby Championship victory against Connacht two weeks ago, and will partner Ali Price, who won a 50th cap in the win over Italy last weekend.

Exeter Chiefs second-row Jonny Gray has also returned to the starting XV having been ruled out of Scotland’s last two matches through injury whilr Stuart Hogg once again captains the team.

Scotland: Stuart Hogg (Captain); Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Sam Johnson, Kyle Steyn; Blair Kinghorn, Ali Price; Pierre Schoeman, George Turner, Zander Fagerson; Jonny Gray, Grant Gilchrist; Rory Darge, Hamish Watson, Matt Fagerson.

Replacements: Fraser Brown, Allan Dell, WP Nel, Sam Skinner, Josh Bayliss, Ben White, Finn Russell, Mark Bennett

What to read and listen to on Independent.ie?

We already have plenty of pre-match build-up for you to enjoy.

"At some time yesterday morning, a file containing several video clips of last Saturday’s Twickenham scrums pinged into the inbox of Joel Jutge.

"The Frenchman, who is the head of the World Rugby/Six Nations’ match officials, cannot do anything to change what happened.

"But it is possible that any feedback he provides, not only to the Irish management, but to the three men in the middle this Super Saturday, may alter the landscape of this weekend’s scrum engagements."

David Kelly has looked at Ireland's stuttering set-piece.

"Italy may pose little obvious collective threat to Ireland’s ambitions of regaining a semblance of control on their 2022 Six Nations title hopes this weekend.

But Andy Farrell and his staff will not need to be alerted to one significant individual spark that could derail their sense of insuperable optimism as they seek to pile on the points against the hapless Azzurri."

And Rúadhrí O'Connor believes Andy Farrell must be ruthless as he addresses a record win that sits on a deeply flawed performance.

There's a bonus Left Wing where Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Rúaidhrí O'Connor to discuss Andy Farrell's team selection.

And on this week's main episode, Will and Luke were joined by former England prop Alex Corbisiero to look back on Ireland's record win in Twickenham.

What is Ireland’s record against Scotland like?

Since first meeting on 19 February 1877, when Scotland won 6-0, there's been little between the sides with a total of 67 wins for Ireland against 66 for Scotland with five games drawn. The teams' most recent meeting was during the 2021 Six Nations in Murrayfield which Ireland won 27-24.

Where can I watch the match?

The game will be shown live on Virgin Media One with coverage starting at 4pm. It will also be streamed on the Virgin Media Player. ITV are also showing the game with their coverage beginning at 4.15pm.

What are the odds?

Ireland are heavy favourites at 1/8 with Scotland 5/1 and the draw priced at 40/1.

What are the camps saying?

Johnny Sexton (Ireland):

“The lads have sat down and looked at it. They feel that we can control things better from our side.

"Obviously, the speculation about which were penalties or not, the lads feel that they can do their things better and that’s what we hope to do this week, and make sure we get back to what we normally are at scrummaging, which is excellent. So we have the lads and the personnel to turn things around.”

Matt Fagerson (Scotland):

“Playing your Leinsters, Munsters, Ulster and stuff, it’s pretty confrontational teams,. You sort of know what they are going to bring but they do it so well.

“Their gameplan is quite set-piece oriented and they are pretty good at that and they have some great coaches as well.

“You know what’s coming but it’s pretty hard to stop.”

What are the other Six Nations games this Saturday?

Wales v Italy: Kick-off 2:15pm - BBC 1, RTÉ 2.

France v England: Kick-off 8pm- RTÉ 2, ITV 1.

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