Italy vs England rugby: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream free, teams and score

ENGLAND head in Rome looking to bounce back from an opening weekend loss in Scotland.

Eddie Jones’ side controlled most of the game at Murrayfield but were beaten 20-17 after Luke Cowan-Dickie conceded a penalty try for a deliberate knock-on.

The Red Rose have never lost to Italy and will be expecting that record to continue this weekend.

Italy have not won in the Six Nations since 2015 and the odds are against them ending that streak against England.

But they showed signs of improvement in France, where they led for much of the first half and held their own in the second despite ending up as 37-10 losers.

Ahead of this match, Eddie Jones demanded England channel their inner Muhammad Ali.

He said: “We want to be ruthless. We’ve got a chance on Sunday to sluggish for what we did last Saturday.

“We can only do that from being really ruthless and having that vision of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston.

“You have that sort of image in your head where you want to really go at them.”

What time does Italy vs England rugby kick off?

  • Italy take on England at 3pm TODAY.
  • That’s 4pm local time.
  • It takes place at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome.
  • When the sides met last year, England ran out 41-18 winners at Twickenham.

What TV channel is Italy vs England rugby on and can I live stream it?

  • Italy vs England is live on ITV.
  • Coverage starts at 2.15pm – 45 minutes before kick-off.
  • To stream the match live, head to the ITV Hub.

Can I watch Italy vs England rugby for free?

  • Yes. Italy vs England is free for all UK viewers with a TV licence.
  • Get your TV license here.

team news

Italy XV: Padovani, Mori, Brex, Zanon, Ioane, Garbisi, Varney, Fischetti, Lucchesi, Ceccarelli, Cannone, Ruzza, Steyn, Lamaro, Halafihi.

Replacements: Faiva, Traore, Pasquali, Sisi, Negri, Pettinelli, Fusco, Marin.

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Italy’s team to face England

England XV: Steward, Malins, Marchant, Slade, Nowell, Smith, Randall, Genge, George, Stuart, Ewels, Isiekwe, Itoje, Curry, Dombrandt.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Sinckler, Chessum, Simmonds, Youngs, Ford, Daly.

England's team to face Italy

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England’s team to face Italy

latest odds

Italy 14/1

Draw 55/1

England 1/25

*Odds from Betfair correct as of Saturday, February 12

  • Young guns prepared to step up

    England’s backs combined have just 112 caps to their name, with 22-year-old star Marcus Smith set to orchestrate things from fly-half.

    Sub scrum half Ben Youngs on the other hand has made a whopping 113 appearances.

    When he comes off the bench later this afternoon he will equal Jason Leonard’s men’s record of 114 caps.

  • Randall raring to go

    Eddie Jones hands young scrum half Harry Randall his first Six Nations start today.

    The 24-year-olds’ only previous starts for England have been against the USA and Canada.

    Although Italy don’t represent the toughest of opposition, it’s a step up for the Bristol back.

  • Three in a row

    England’s defeat in Scotland last week marked a third consecutive defeat in their Six Nations opener.

    Italy on the other hand haven’t won a game in the tournament since 2015, but did show some signs of improvement against France.

    Regardless of that, England will be confident of turning on the style in Rome.

  • Three in a row

    England’s defeat in Scotland last week marked a third consecutive defeat in their Six Nations opener.

    Italy on the other hand haven’t won a game in the tournament since 2015, but did show some signs of improvement against France.

    Regardless of that, England will be confident of turning on the style in Rome.

  • ETERNAL BATTLE

    England head to the Eternal City of Rome knowing only a bonus point win will be good enough as they face Italy.

    The Red Rose were edged out 20-17 in Scotland despite dominating the match.

    Eddie Jones is expecting his team to be much more clinical than in last week’s game and has called for a Muhammad Ali-style demolition job.

    He said: “We want to be ruthless. We’ve got a chance on Sunday to sluggish for what we did last Saturday.

    “We can only do that from being really ruthless and having that vision of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston.

    “You have that sort of image in your head where you want to really go at them.”

    But they will be encouraged by their record against the Italians, who they have never failed to beat in 28 meetings.

    Italy are looking to end a seven-year duck in the Six Nations, having last won a match when they played Scotland away in 2015.

    However, signs were better in their match away to France last week.

    The Azzurri were expected to be on the end of a hiding, but led for much of the first half before going down to a respectable 37-10 defeat.

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