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08th Mar 2024

England vs. Ireland: All the biggest moments, talking points and player ratings

Patrick McCarry

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Ireland looking for a fifth straight win over the English.

Ireland made it three from three in the 2024 Six Nations with a win over Wales, in Dublin. Our England Ireland live match bub (below) has all the biggest moments, talking points, best scores and full Ireland player ratings.

England finished 3rd in the most recent World Cup and still have quality operators like Maro Itoje, Ben Earl, Ellis Genge and Henry Slade in their team. Ireland are favourites for the game and will set a championship record for consecutive wins (12) should they beat Steve Borthwick’s side. A bonus-point victory would also see them retain the Six Nations with a game to spare. It has been 26 years, too, since a team (France) won back-to-back Grand Slams.

*Click on the key point you want to read about, or just keep scrolling to see updates in our live hub [below]:

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England Ireland live coverage and previous ratings

Andy Farrell’s side got their Six Nations defence off to a record-breaking start as they demolished France 38-17 in Marseille. Next up, was an Italian side that let victory against England, in their opener, slip through their fingers. Ireland scored six tries and kept the visitors scoreless. Wales put up a stiffer fight but were defeated 31-7 at Aviva Stadium.

Looking back at our Ireland player ratings for the opening Six Nations games, and the World Cup, it gives us an idea of who stepped up in some big games for Andy Farrell.

Most recently, we had Bundee Aki and Joe McCarthy score 8.5 out of 10 in that win over France. Tadhg Beirne, Hugo Keenan, James Lowe, Jamison Gibson and Caelan Doris all scored 8s. In the 36-0 win over Italy, Lowe top-scored with 9, with Keenan, Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan and Stuart McCloskey all getting 8s. Against Wales, Aki and Andrew Porter topped out with 8.5 each.

Against Romania, in their World Cup opener, Keenan, Aki, Johnny Sexton and McCarthy all scored 8/10s. Against Tonga, Sexton and Mack Hansen both scored 9/10 while James Ryan, Andrew Porter and Aki all got 8s.

In that epic, tense win over South Africa, Doris, Porter and Lowe all scored 8/10, while Aki got 8.5 after another great effort. Doris and Garry Ringrose topped our Scotland ratings, with 9/10 each. In the quarter final loss to New Zealand, Aki top scored with 9/10, with Beirne getting 8. The rest had 6s and 7s.


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