Ireland and Italy will kick off the resumption of Six Nations fixtures in 2020, more than seven months after the tournament was originally supposed to end. The annual rugby tournament was the first major tournament to bear the brunt of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, with Italy’s initial situation proving cataclysmic for chances of playing the tournament in the intended timeframe.
Organisers would have hoped to see stadiums brimming with fans for the restart, but of course the situation hasn’t quite panned out how any of us would have imagined.
Previous data from a range of police forces and the RAC Foundation has found that the October clock change is responsible for 20 extra accidents each day.
There were an average of 278 more personal injury collisions in the two weeks after the change in a major blow for road users.
What time is Ireland v Italy kick-off?
Ireland v Italy kicks off at 3.30pm on Saturday, October 24.
What TV channel is Ireland v Italy on?
Fans can tune in to watch the game for free on ITV from 2.45pm.
What about live streaming?
You can also live stream the match via ITV Hub on a range of devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets.
What’s the team news?
Ireland: Jacob Stockdale; Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Hugo Keenan; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rob Herring, Andrew Porter; Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan; Caelan Doris, Will Connors, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Dave Heffernan, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Peter O’Mahony, Jamison Gibson Park, Ross Byrne, Robbie Henshaw.
Italy: Jayden Hayward; Edoardo Padovani, Luca Morisi, Carlo Canna, Mattia Bellini; Paolo Garbisi, Marcello Violi; Danilo Fischetti, Luca Bigi (C), Giosuè Zilocchi, Marco Lazzaroni, Niccolò Cannone, Sebastian Negri, Braam Steyn, Jake Polledri
Replacements: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Simone Ferrari, Pietro Ceccarelli, David Sisi, Johan Meyer, Maxime Mbanda, Callum Braley, Federico Mori
What does the Six Nations table look like?
The current Six Nations table
1. England – 13pts
2. France – 13pts
3. Scotland 10 pts
4. Ireland – 9 pts
5. Wales – 7pts