Monday 22 January 2018

What channel, what time and what are the teams? - Everything you need to know about Ireland's Six Nations opener

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

It is that time of year once again - provincial rivalries set aside as thoughts turn to one of sport's greatest tournaments.

The Six Nations captures the attention like few other sporting events, and excitement is heightened for the 2017 edition given the stellar form that Ireland take into the tournament.

Joe Schmidt's side kick off their campaign away to Scotland tomorrow: here is everything you need to know about what should be a riveting encounter.

Form guide

Ireland have rarely entered a Six Nations in such rude health. They are missing a couple of key players for tomorrow's game, most notably Johnny Sexton, who aggravated a calf injury during training this week, but a couple of big autumn results has left Irish fans confident that their team can contend with the best this season.

Ireland enter the 2017 Six Nations after a year that saw them beat all three of the southern hemisphere heavyweights, including a first ever win over New Zealand. Scotland had a mixed autumn - they once again ran Australia tantalisingly close before coming up just short, before beating Argentina.

Where is it on?

The match is being played at Murrayfield and kicks off at 2.25pm.

What channel will the game be on?

The game will be shown live on RTE 2, with coverage kicking off at 1.30pm. BBC 1 will also be showing the game, with coverage starting at 1.15pm with a Six Nations preview. After the Ireland game, viewers can stay tuned in for England vs France.

What are the teams?

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Allan Dell

Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 John Barclay, 21 Ali Price, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Mark Bennett

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Tadgh Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Jack McGrath

Replacements: 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Cian Healy, 18 John Ryan, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Tommy Bowe

What are the odds?

Ireland are 4/9 to get the win, Scotland are 2/1 to cause an upset and a draw is 20/1.

Who is going to win?

Ireland, but with Scotland to secure a losing bonus point - a historic first in the Six Nations!

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