Italy vs Ireland live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby today for free

Andy Farrell’s Ireland side face a must-win match against Italy in Rome today. Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations dreams currently hang by a thread, and a third consecutive loss this weekend would send the The Men in Green crashing out of serious contention in Round 3. The rugby kicks off at 2.15pm on ITV this afternoon (free in the UK and Ireland). Follow our guide to watch an Italy vs Ireland live stream from anywhere in the world.

Italy vs Ireland live stream

Kick-off: 2.15pm GMT

Free UK stream: ITV Hub

Watch anywhere: Try ExpressVPN risk-free today

US stream: Peacock (7-day free trial)

AUS stream: Kayo Sports (14-day free trial)

Canada stream: DAZN (30-day free trial)

Anything less than a convincing victory against Italy will go down like a cold cup of sick in the Emerald Isle. Having been defeated 21-16 by Wales in Round 1, then losing 15-13 to France in Round 2, Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has rung the changes for his side’s match against the Azzurri.

The latest news is that Johnny Sexton has recovered from a head knock and will return to captain Ireland. Farrell has made six other changes, including dropping Keith Earls for Jordan Larmour on the wing.

Dave Kilcoyne, Ronan Kelleher and Tadhg Furlong team up to form a new front row, and fit-again James Ryan and Will Connors will also make a return to the Ireland pack.

Earlier this week, 35-year-old Ireland skipper Sexton hinted that he would not continue playing until the 2023 World Cup in France but later dismissed the rumours. According to Ireland coach Farrell, Sexton’s appetitive “is as strong as ever”.

Six Nations table 2021
TEAM PL W D L PD BP PTS
France 2 2 0 0 42 1 9
Wales 2 2 0 0 6 1 9
England 2 1 0 1 18 2 6
Scotland 2 1 0 1 4 1 5
Ireland 2 0 0 2 -7 2 2
Italy 2 0 0 2 -63 0 0

Ireland’s beleaguered hosts have also notched up back-to-back defeats. Italy lost out to 2021 Six Nations favourites France in Round 1 and a resurgent England in Round 2 but the Italians have proven time and time again that they’re at their most dangerous when their backs are to the wall.

The Azzurri, who last beat Ireland in 2013, will be desperate to avoid a 30th straight Six Nations defeat in Round 3 today.   

“I certainly feel they’re good enough to stay in the competition long term,” Farrell told reporters this week. “I can see the progress Franco [Smith] is making with them. They are certainly heading in the right direction.”

Italy vs Ireland kicks off at 2.15pm (ITV) this afternoon. Here’s how to watch the Six Nations for free wherever you are.

Six Nations 2021: Italy vs Ireland free live stream

Italy vs Ireland live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

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Good news: every single Six Nations game in 2021 will be on shown on free-to-air TV in the UK (coverage will be divided between BBC, ITV and welsh language channel S4C).

ITV has the rights to Saturday’s clash between Italy and Ireland clash, and will stream Italy vs Ireland online via the ITV Hub, so you can watch on your computer, phone or smart TV.

Of course, the free streams are only accessible to viewers in the UK. So if you’re a UK citizen stuck outside of the country this weekend, simply use a VPN to unblock the free Six Nations live streams. We recommend ExpressVPN which you can try 100 per cent risk-free thanks to the 30-day money-back guarantee.  Why not give it a whirl and see how it performs? If it doesn’t work for you, then you’ll have lost nothing.

Sadly, there’s no 4K coverage of the Six Nations this year. Instead, the games will be available at a very reasonable HD resolution on your television.

Watch Italy vs Ireland from abroad using a VPN

Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Six Nations rights holders, you won’t be able to access them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. VPNs are a doddle to use and create a private connection between your device and the internet. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you’re not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.

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Watch Italy vs Ireland in the USA

Italy vs Ireland live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

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NBC Sports has the exclusive rights to show the Six Nations 2021 in the USA, including Italy vs Ireland. The network will stream all the action live on its Peacock TV streaming platform. Subscription costs just $4.99 a month (with commercials) or $9.99 a month (commercial-free).

Peacock TV gets you full coverage of the 2021 Six Nations as well as selected Premier League soccer games, Premiership Rugby, Heineken Champions Cup coverage, blockbuster movies and TV boxsets such as The Office.

Peacock TV Premium: free for 7 days then $4.99 a month
Want to stream the Six Nations 2021 rugby tournament live in the USA? Try Peacock Premium for (ad-supported) coverage of the Six Nations and a host of other top-quality sports. At under five bucks a month, it’s a steal.

Tempted? We don’t blame you. Peacock offers a free 7-day trial. After that, you’ll be billed $4.99 a month but there’s no lock-in contract so you can cancel at any time.

How to watch Italy vs Ireland in Australia

Italy vs Ireland live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

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If you’re prepared for some pretty early starts you can watch Six Nations 2021 in Australia on beIN Sport. The subscription service has the rights to show every match including Italy vs Ireland on Saturday 27th February 2021.

If you’re a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your TV package for a small fee. If not, you can subscribe to beIN Sports using this free two week trial after which you’ll pay $19.99 a month.

The other option is to use Foxtel’s streaming-only platform, Kayo Sports. The respected streaming service offers over 50 sports live and on-demand including Six Nations 2021 live streams. The Basic package costs $25 a month while Premium, which works across multiple screens, costs $35 a month. Both include a free 14-day trial to get you started. There’s no lock-in contract and you can cancel at any time.

How to watch the Italy vs Ireland in New Zealand

Sky Sport is the official broadcaster of the Six Nations 2021 in New Zealand. You can access Sky Sport via most pay TV packages and subscribers can watch online using company’s Sky Go service. Non-subscribers can catch an Italy vs Ireland live stream on Sky Sport Now, the broadcaster’s streaming-only platform. Anyone can join and it costs just $19.99 a month.

Watch Italy vs Ireland in Ireland

Rugby fans in the Emerald Isle will enjoy free-to-air coverage of the Six Nations 2021 courtesy of the Virgin Media. All matches, including an Italy vs Ireland live stream, will be shown live on Virgin Media One and streamed on Virgin Media Player.

Virgin Media’s Big Bundle costs €69 per month, which gets you 50+ TV channels and a set-top box complete with voice control.

Watch Italy vs Ireland in Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Italy vs Ireland live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

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Streaming service DAZN is the best place to catch Six Nations 2021 coverage in Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 

Those in Canada can subscribe for just $20 a month – but the first month costs nothing thanks to the 30-day free trial. That’s enough for a chunk of Six Nations games, as well as Premier League, Champions League and NFL action.

DAZN membership costs €11.99 in Europe, and new users get the same (extremely generous) 30-day free trial.

How to watch Italy vs Ireland in South Africa

SuperSport is the place to watch the Six Nations 2021 action in South Africa, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The African online sports channel will broadcast the games via its DStv satellite platform in South Africa. You can sign up to DStv here. Failing that, head to any bar in the Cape Town area.

One of the biggest African online sports channels, DStv also shows live FA Cup, Champions League, La Liga as well as rugby, tennis, golf, motorsport and cricket.

Six Nations 2021 schedule 

Italy vs Ireland live stream: how to watch the 2021 Six Nations rugby for free in HD

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Round 3
Saturday 27th February 2021 – Italy vs Ireland, 2.15pm ITV
Saturday 27th February 2021 – Wales vs England 4.45pm BBC and S4C
Sunday 28th February 2021 – France vs Scotland 3pm ITV

Round 4
Saturday 13th March 2021 – Italy vs Wales, 2.15pm ITV and S4C
Saturday 13th March 2021 – England vs France 4.45pm ITV
Sunday 14th March 2021 – Scotland vs Ireland 3pm BBC

Round 5
Saturday 20th March 2021 – Scotland v Italy 2.15pm BBC
Saturday 20th March 2021 – Ireland v England 4.45pm ITV
Saturday 20th March 2021 – France v Wales, 8pm BBC and S4C

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