After a well deserved week off, the Six Nations returns this weekend, and Ireland vs England are faced with the small matter of a trip to play England at Twickenham.
This fixture was pencilled from the outset as make or break – a game which could end Ireland’s hopes of winning the Championship or one which could tee up a title charge.
And it’s turned out to be the latter. Andy Farrell’s side are two from two after they followed their opening win over Scotland with a convincing 24-14 victory over Wales in Dublin two weeks ago.
That performance against the defending Grand Slam champions was arguably Ireland’s best since their win over the All Blacks in 2018, and saw them finally use the full width of the Aviva pitch and let their back three off the leash.
If you had offered most Ireland fans a Triple Crown ahead of the tournament chances are they would have snapped your hand off – and that’s what is on the line in London this weekend.
England were stunned by France in their Championship opener before steadying the ship with a messy 13-6 win over Scotland in foul conditions at Murrayfield last time out.
They are missing some frontline players but memories of 2019 are fresh – Eddie Jones’s side bullied Ireland twice last year, and have home advantage for this defining clash.
There’s a huge amount riding on this fixture for both sides – as well as the usual bragging rights. Here is everything you need to know.
What is it?
Ireland travel to take on England at Twickenham in their third fixture of the 2020 Six Nations Championship.
When is it?
The match takes place on Sunday February 23rd(kick-off 3pm).