Wales vs Ireland rugby: Kick-off time, what TV channel, live stream free & team line-ups for Six Nations 2021

Wales vs Ireland rugby: Kick-off time, what TV channel, live stream free & team line-ups for Six Nations 2021

02/07/2021

WALES commence their Six Nations campaign at home to Ireland after a miserable 2020.

The Irish secured the win over Wayne Pivac's men in last year's tournament, winning 24-14 in the round two clash in Dublin.

And Andy Farrell's men then piled on the misery for the Dragons with a 32-9 win in the Autumn Nations Cup in November.

What time does Wales vs Ireland kick off?

  • Wales vs Ireland is on Sunday, February 7 – TODAY.
  • The match kicks off at 3pm GMT.
  • Cardiff's Principality Stadium – with no fans in attendance – plays host to the Six Nations clash.

What TV channel is Wales vs Ireland on and can I live stream it?

  • Wales vs Ireland will be broadcast on BBC 1 and S4C.
  • To stream the match live, head over to BBC iPlayer.
  • BBC 1's coverage starts at 2pm, while the event on S4C begins 2.15pm with Welsh commentary.
  • Both channels are free-to-air with a valid TV license. Get one here.
  • Virgin One will be showing the match in Ireland.

What are the teams?

Wayne Pivac has welcomed several returning players to the Wales side that will face Ireland this weekend.

For the opener at Principality Stadium, captain Alun Wyn Jones has been declared fit to play.

The hosts will start with the 35-year-old lined up alongside Adam Beard on the second-row.

Wyn Jones last played on December 5 and is far from the only key name to shake off injury in time for the clash.

Tomos Williams is back as well as Ken Owens, who missed the autumn closer to last year's competition.

Dan Biggar, George North and Tomas Francis have also been named in the line-up.

Ireland have made four changes for the trip to Cardiff with Jacob Stockdale and Caelan Doris out through injury.

Partnering Robbie Henshaw at 13 will be the fit-again Garry Ringrose – for the first time since their 2019 World Cup defeat to New Zealand.

What are the odds?

  • Wales to win: 19/10
  • Draw: 20/1
  • Ireland to win: 1/2

*Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Sunday, February 7

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ANDY'S ANALYSIS

    And this is what Ireland boss Andy Farrell had to say in his pre-match press conference:

    "This is the start of a new competition and they [Wales] will be wanting to right some wrongs.

    "They're an experienced side that have been in good positions before and difficult positions before.

    "The slate is going to be wiped clean at the start of the competition and this is going to be a huge game for both teams."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WAYNE'S THOUGHTS

    This is what Wales head coach Wayne Pivac had to say on today's game in his pre-match press conference:

    "We always look to critique and improve the performances, which slightly improved throughout the autumn.

    "We need to keep building on how we finished that campaign and be happy with our performances.

    "Ultimately, at the end of the day, sometimes the result doesn’t go your way when you give a good performance.

    "We can handle that but it’s when you don’t perform and don’t get a result, that’s really disappointing.

    "In round one, obviously we’re after the result and a good performance."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ALUN'S IN

    Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones is fit to start this afternoon after suffering a black eye in training.

    Wyn Jones was involved in a clash with Jake Ball on Wednesday, although little information has been revealed about the training ground incident.

    Ball is not included in the Wales 23-man squad, while Wyn Jones wins his 143rd Wales cap today.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    IRELAND BENCH

    And these are the options off the bench for Andy Farrell:

    16 Kelleher, 17 Kilcoyne, 18 Furlong, 19 Henderson, 20 Connors, 21 Gibson-Park, 22 Burns, 23 Larmour

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WALES REPLACEMENTS

    Wayne Pivac has these men to come off the bench later on in the game:

    16 Dee, 17 Jones, 18 Brown, 19 Rowlands, 20 Navidi, 21 Davies, 22 Sheedy, 23 Tompkins

  • Giacomo Pisa

    IRELAND STARTING XV

    And this is how the visitors start the game:

    15 Keenan, 14 Earls, 13 Ringrose, 12 Henshaw, 11 Lowe, 10 Sexton (c), 9 Murray

    1 Healy, 2 Herring, 3 Porter, 4 Beirne, 5 Ryan, 6 O’Mahony, 7. Van der Flier, 8. Stander

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WALES STARTING XV

    Here's how Wayne Pivac lines up the home side:

    15 Halfpenny, 14 Rees-Zammit, 13 North, 12 Williams, 11 Amos, 10 Biggar, 9 Williams

    1 Wyn Jones, 2 Owens, 3 Francis, 4 Beard, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 6 Lydiate, 7 Tipuric, 8 Taulupe Faletau.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD AFTERNOON 

    Welcome to our live blog of Wales against Ireland in the 2021 Six Nations.

    The opening weekend of this year’s tournament comes to a close this afternoon as the two sides clash at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. 

    If yesterday’s curtain raiser between Italy and France was a battle of the inexperienced sides, today’s game is the exact opposite of that. 

    The two starting sides combined boast close to 1,600 total caps. 

    It’s Ireland who have had the better of recent meetings between the sides though, losing just four of the last thirteen fixtures between the sides. 

    Andy Farrell’s side ran out 24-14 winners in their last Six Nations visit, almost exactly a year ago to the day. 

    Despite playing the campaign behind closed doors, Wales will be buoyed by the fact that they are returning to playing at the Principality Stadium, after hosting their Autumn Nations Cup fixtures at Parc Y Scarlets in Llanelli. 

    The Principality Stadium had been used as an emergency Covid-19 hospital but has since been decommissioned. 

    Kick off is at 3pm and the team news is coming up next.

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