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After wins for France at Twickenham and Wales at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, Round 4 of the 2023 Six Nations concludes with top of the table Ireland travelling to Edinburgh to take on Scotland on Sunday afternoon.
Ireland are level on 15 points with France but have this game in hand. Scotland are five points behind and know that a home win will see them join Ireland and France at the top of the 2023 Six Nations Group.
Scotland vs Ireland Preview
This will be the 140th time that these two countries have gone head to head in rugby union and it is fair to say that they have been very well matched since the first meeting in 1877! Ireland lead 68-66 and are looking to register their eighth successive victory over Scotland.
The hosts are set to make two changes to their starting XV from the team who lost 32-21 in Paris in Round 3 of the tournament. Jack Dempsey and Jonny Gray come into the side with Grant Gilchrist (suspended) and Hamish Watson dropped. Scotland will be the underdogs but in front of a passionate home crowd, anything is possible.
Ireland are the only team with a 100% record and their bid for a Grand Slam is still alive. However, coach Andy Farrell has made six changes to the team who won 34-20 in Rome two weeks ago. If nothing else, this shows the depth in the Irish game at the moment – Johnny Sexton, Gary Ringrose and Tadhg Furlong all come back into the side after recovering from injuries.
Where to Watch Scotland vs Ireland
The action at Murrayfield looks set to be of a high standard and this could potentially be the most entertaining game of the 2023 Six Nations so far. You can watch all the action via the following platforms:
- TV channel in the UK: BBC1
- Live stream in the UK: BBC iPlayer, or BBC website