Ireland vs France rugby: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream free & teams for Six Nations 2021 TODAY

IRELAND are taking on France as they look to keep their Six Nations title hopes alive.

Things didn't go to plan against Wales for Andy Farrell's men last week, as Peter O'Mahony was sent off early in the 21-16 defeat.

France meanwhile began their campaign in the best way possible, hammering Italy 50-10 to pick up a bonus point win.

What time does Ireland vs France kick off?

  • Part of the second round of fixtures, this clash will be held on Sunday, February 14 – TODAY.
  • Kick-off at the Aviva Stadium is at 3pm GMT.
  • When France last visited, they were beaten 26-14 in the 2019 edition of the Six Nations.

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

  • You can catch Ireland vs France live on ITV1.
  • Coverage commences at 2.30pm – half an hour before kick-off.
  • To stream, head to the ITV Hub on your mobile, tablet, PC or games console.
  • In Ireland, Virgin One are covering the Six Nations exclusively.
  • France 2 will be showing all matches live in France.

Can I watch Ireland vs France for free?

  • Yes. Every match of this year's tournament is on free-to-air TV.

What is the team news?

Billy Burns will get the chance to make amends for missing touch at the last minute against Wales as he replaces captain Johnny Sexton, who misses out with concussion.

Scrum-half Conor Murray is out with a hamstring injury with Jamison Gibson-Park coming in as a replacement.

Ian Henderson replaces the injured James Ryan and will captain the Irish while Rhys Ruddock replaces Peter O'Mahony who is banned after his sending off in Cardiff.

France have made two changes to the team that beat Italy 50-10 in Rome.

Damian Penaud replaces Teddy Thomas at wing while Castres flanker Anthony Jelonch comes in for Dylan Cretin.

France have made two changes to the team that beat Italy 50-10 in Rome.

Damian Penaud replaces Teddy Thomas at wing while Castres flanker Anthony Jelonch comes in for Dylan Cretin.


Match odds

  • Ireland win – 5/2
  • France victory – 1/2
  • Tie – 22/1

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FABIEN'S THOUGHTS

    And these were the thoughts of France boss Fabien Galthie in his pre match press conference:

    "You just have to look at the results, we have won eight out of 10 matches.

    "In Scotland, we lost following a red card and in London (last year’s Autumn Nations Cup final at Twickenham) we lost in extra time.

    "We will continue to make progress in many areas and we have significant room for improvement.

    "You have to be prepared for any challenge, anywhere and against anyone.

    "You have to prepare to experience as solidly as possible.

    "This is what we prepare for, without forgetting to face the unexpected."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ANDY'S PREVIEW

    Ireland head coach Andy Farrell said this in his pre match press conference on the loss of key players:

    "We've obviously lost a few experienced players during the week but one man's loss is another man's opportunity.

    "Our squad depth is coming into play.

    "You have your fingers crossed along the way; things don’t quite go your way from time to time. That is why you pick a squad the way you do.

    "It gives people the chance to see what it is like in international rugby.

    "I suppose our squad depth is brought into play at this moment in time."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FRANCE BENCH

    The visitors bench looks like this.

    16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Hassane Kolingar, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Dylan Cretin, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Anthony Boutier, 23 Teddy Thomas.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    IRELAND SUBS

    Andy Farrell has these men at his disposal off the bench.

    16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Will Connors, 21 Craig Casey, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Jordan Larmour.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FRANCE STARTING XV

    And here's how the visitors line up at the Aviva.

    15 Brice Dulin, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Arthur Vincent, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Gabin Villiere, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Antoine Dupont

    1 Cyril Baille, 2 Julien Marchand, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 5 Paul Willemse, 6 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Charles Ollivon (c), 8 Gregory Alldritt

  • Giacomo Pisa

    IRELAND STARTING XV

    Here's how Andy Farrell lines up his injury ravaged Ireland side.

    15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 James Lowe, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park

    1 Cian Healy, 2 Rob Herring, 3 Andrew Porter, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 5 Iain Henderson (c), 6 Rhys Ruddock, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 CJ Stander

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD AFTERNOON 

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

    France are looking to join Wales as the only team with a 100 percent start to the tournament, and keep hopes alive of a potential Grand Slam. 

    Ireland meanwhile will be keen to forget last week’s opening round defeat to Wales, in which Peter O’Mahony was sent off after just fourteen minutes. 

    Andy Farrell’s side have a job on their hands today though, facing the tournament favourites without captain Johnny Sexton. 

    Ireland are also missing first choice scrum-half Connor Murray to a hamstring injury, so Jamison Gibson-Park starts an nine, and Billy Burns at ten.  

    Burns will be desperate to make up for last weeks error, when he failed to find touch with a last minute penalty, which gifted Wales the win.

    Ian Henderson replaces the injured James Ryan and will captain the Irish, while Rhys Ruddock replaces Peter O'Mahony who is banned after his sending off in Cardiff.

    Andy Farrell’s injury woes mean Les Bleus will be confident of ending a ten year winless run in Dublin. 

    The visitors make two changes to the side that eased past Italy 50-10 last week, as Damian Penaud replaces Teddy Thomas at wing while Castres flanker Anthony Jelonch comes in for Dylan Cretin.

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

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