England v Ireland, Six Nations 2020: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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England captain Owen Farrell and Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton pose with the Six Nations trophy - GETTY IMAGES
England captain Owen Farrell and Ireland skipper Johnny Sexton pose with the Six Nations trophy - GETTY IMAGES

What is it?

England v Ireland: England's third game of the 2020 Six Nations - this time at Twickenham. 

As well as battling for points in the Six Nations table, England and Ireland will be slugging it out for the Millennium Trophy - a trophy specific to this fixture.

England are the current holders of the Millennium Trophy following a 32-20 win in Dublin last year.

What is the Millennium Trophy?

It was created in 1988 as part of Dublin's millennial celebrations. The trophy has the shape of a horned Viking helmet.

Ireland hold aloft the Millennium trophy after beating England in the Five Nations in 1994 - GETTY IMAGES
Ireland hold aloft the Millennium trophy after beating England in the Five Nations in 1994 - GETTY IMAGES

When is this weekend's match?

England v Ireland is on Sunday, February 23.

What time is kick-off?

The match starts at 3pm GMT.

What TV channel is it on?

The match is on ITV from 2.10pm. You can also follow all the live action right here when our live blog kicks off.

What are the current standings?

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What is the latest team news?

England

Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade are winning their fitness battles for England's Guinness Six Nations clash with Ireland.

Tuilagi and Slade have been recovering from respective groin and ankle injuries but are on course to be available for the Twickenham showdown on Sunday.

"Manu trained fully today so should be in contention for selection. It's good to have a quality player back," head coach Eddie Jones said on Wednesday.

"Slade trained today so we have just got to monitor Slade's progress. Positive chance. Quality player. It gives us more options."

Ollie Devoto, who won his second cap as a replacement off the bench at the Stade de France on February 2, is a doubt because of a back problem.

England have been hit by the loss of prop Mako Vunipola, who has returned home to Tonga for family reasons.

"Mako's a quality player but we are lucky we are blessed with two outstanding loosehead props in Joe Marler and Ellis Genge, so we can recover the loss of Mako," Jones said.

England squad

Forwards

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Ben Earl (Saracens), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Beno Obano (Bath Rugby), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Will Stuart (Bath Rugby), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

Backs

Elliot Daly (Saracens), Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs), Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), George Furbank (Northampton Saints), Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Jacob Umaga (Wasps), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) 

Ireland

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has named an unchanged starting XV.

The Irish travel to Twickenham seeking to clinch a second Triple Crown in three years after beginning this year's tournament with successive home wins over Scotland and Wales.

Farrell has resisted temptation to recall fit-again No 8 Caelan Doris for the visit to south-west London, sticking with the in-form CJ Stander in the centre of the back row, with Peter O'Mahony continuing at blindside flanker.

Doris, who was forced off with a head knock in the opening minutes of his international debut against the Scots on February 1, is named among the replacements in place of Max Deegan after missing the bonus-point win over Wayne Pivac's Wales.

Deegan's omission is the only change to Farrell's 23-man squad.

Robbie Henshaw has overcome a head injury suffered against the Welsh to renew his centre partnership with Bundee Aki, while captain Johnny Sexton continues at fly-half alongside scrum-half Conor Murray.

Six Nations 2020: Ireland team to face England
Six Nations 2020: Ireland team to face England

What are England's results and fixtures?

ROUND ONE

France 24 England 17

ROUND TWO

Scotland 6 England 13

ROUND THREE

England v Ireland.... Twickenham (London).... Sunday, February 23.... 3pm GMT.... ITV

ROUND FOUR

England v Wales.... Twickenham (London).... Saturday, March 7.... 4.45pm GMT.... ITV and S4C

ROUND FIVE

Italy v England.... Stadio Olimpico (Rome).... Saturday, March 14.... 4.45pm GMT.... ITV

What are Ireland's results and fixtures

ROUND ONE

Ireland 19 Scotland 12

ROUND TWO

Ireland 24 Wales 14

ROUND THREE

England v Ireland.... Twickenham (London).... Sunday, February 23.... 3pm GMT.... ITV

ROUND FOUR

Ireland v Italy.... Aviva Stadium (Dublin).... Saturday, March 7.... 2.15pm GMT.... ITV

ROUND FIVE

France v Ireland.... Stade de France (Paris).... Saturday, March 14.... 8pm GMT.... BBC

What are Telegraph writers saying?

Brian Moore argues for summer rugby

I was roundly derided for suggesting that if a global calendar was to work, the northern hemisphere that would have to move its professional season from winter to summer. The counterargument, which should not be dismissed lightly, is the tradition of the Six Nations as winter entertainment. Noting that proposition, traditions change, and people get used to new things quickly, especially if they work well. Good weather rugby; surely better for players and spectators alike?

Anyone at Murrayfield last Saturday must have thought, at least at some point and no matter how fleetingly, summer pro-rugby must be better than the almost unplayable conditions that faced Scotland and England. It was never dangerous and thereby officially unplayable, but at times must have felt unwatchable to casual rugby watchers. Even for talented international players it was as close to impossible to do anything more than the absolute basics and sometimes not even those. (To read the full article click here)

How did last year's Six Nations finish?

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What are the odds?

  • England to win 2/5

  • Draw 25/1

  • Ireland to win 13/5

Follow the latest odds throughout the tournament.

Six Nations 2020 | Fixtures, results and team news
Six Nations 2020 | Fixtures, results and team news

What's our prediction?

Under new head coach Andy Farrell, Ireland are looking better and better. They may have been fortunate to beat Scotland in their opening fixture, but they were worthy winners against Wales. The thing is, both those games were at home, in Dublin. Now comes the big test - England away. England's first two games, by contrast, have been away - a defeat in Paris followed by victory in Edinburgh - and they will back themselves to deliver at HQ.
Predicted score: England 23 Ireland 19.