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All good things must come to an end, and the 2023 Six Nations comes to a conclusion in Dublin on Saturday evening as Ireland host England. For the home team, this could be an historic night with Ireland looking for a victory to secure the Triple Crown, the Six Nations and the Grand Slam. For the visitors, they come to the Aviva Stadium looking to salvage their reputation after their embarrassing defeat at home to France last Saturday.
Ireland have lived up to their top world ranking during this tournament and are one victory away from finishing with the perfect 100% record. They have not looked like losing any of their previous four games and few commentators expect them to have any problems against an England side which is very much still trying to find its identity or any real form.
England changed their head coach at the back end of last year and have looked like a team who are unsure of themselves. With only victories over Italy and Wales so far, it has been a Six Nations campaign to forget in a hurry.
Both Players To Score a Try - Mack Hansen & James Lowe
Ireland To Win By More Than 16 Points
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Ireland vs England – Match Prediction
For one last time in the 2023 Six Nations, climb into some detail on our predictions below.
Both Players to Score a Try – Mack Hansen & James Lowe @ 7/2 (4.50)
Although we expect England to show much more resilience and defensive strength than last week, we still predict that Ireland will be able to break through on a few occasions. Mack Hansen and James Lowe have both scored three tries each in this campaign and we are backing them both to add to their tally’s in this match.
Ireland To Win By More Than 16 Points @ 1/1 (2.00)
Ireland are the world number one side for a good reason and they are currently a far stronger side than England across nearly all departments. There may well be some nervy moments with so much on the line, but we predict that Ireland will run out as convincing winners and by more than 16 points on Saturday.
Ireland vs England Preview
There are changes in the home and away teams ahead of this match with both coaches keen to get a positive result for different reasons.
Three players will make their first starts of the 2023 Six Nations for Ireland in this match. Ryan Baird, Jamison Gibson-Park and Robbie Henshaw all come in looking to make their contribution as Ireland chase their fourth ever Grand Slam.
Ireland XV: 15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Mack Hansen, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton (c), 9 Jamison Gibson Park, 1 Andrew Porter, 2 Dan Sheehan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Ryan Baird, 5 James Ryan, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 Caelan Doris
Coach Steve Borthwick is adamant that there will be a reaction from his players following their 53-10 home defeat to France last weekend. Ollie Lawrence, Ollie Chessum, Max Malins and Marcus Smith are all left out from the team who started at Twickenham.
England XV: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Henry Arundell, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Jack van Poortvliet, 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 David Ribbans, 5 Maro Itoje, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 7 Jack Willis, 8 Alex Dombrandt
Ireland vs England Head to Head
Although Ireland have been the dominant side in this year’s Six Nations and England have been well beaten by Scotland and France, it is England who hold a 80-51 lead in the head to head against Ireland. The hosts are looking to register their third successive Six Nations win over England.
Ireland vs England Match Details
- Date and time: Saturday 18th of March at 17:00 GMT.
- Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
- How to watch Ireland vs England Six Nations in the UK: ITV.