Ireland vs Scotland, Six Nations 2024: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream, team news, lineups, odds today

Ireland will today hope to retain their Six Nations title against Scotland on Super Saturday, having seen dreams of a historic Grand Slam cruelly dashed.

Andy Farrell’s previously dominant Green Machine went to Twickenham in round four just two wins away from becoming the first team in the Six Nations era ever to win successive Grand Slams, but were well below their usual sky-high standards against an improved England outfit and lost a pulsating thriller by a single point courtesy of Marcus Smith’s dramatic last-gasp drop goal.


As well as keeping their double Grand Slam bid firmly on track, beating England would also have safely wrapped up another title for Ireland with a match to spare, but instead they now have work to do on the final day to ensure they don’t throw everything away to follow their latest World Cup quarter-final heartbreak in the autumn.

Still enormous favourites to retain their trophy, Ireland, aided by a huge +80 points difference, need just to win or even draw against Scotland to win the title again, while two losing bonus points would also put them out of reach of nearest challengers England, who travel to play France in Lyon later in the evening.

 (Action Images via Reuters)
(Action Images via Reuters)

One bonus point in a loss would also be enough for Ireland to lift the trophy once more, unless England could hammer France spectacularly with a bonus point to turn around that daunting points deficit.

Scotland may have felt that they should have been still on for a Grand Slam themselves ahead of last weekend with their only defeat coming in hugely contentious circumstances against France, having held on to survive an epic second-half Wales fightback and also beaten England in the Calcutta Cup for the fourth time in a row.

However, as France so nearly did a fortnight earlier, they then came unstuck against Italy in a huge upset in Rome, the Azzurri holding on in an exciting finish to record their first home Six Nations win for some 11 years.

That loss has realistically put paid to Scotland’s chances of a first title in the Six Nations era, with Gregor Townsend’s side having to absolutely thrash Ireland with a bonus point - while denying their opponents any bonus points in the process - and hope that France then beat England in Lyon without getting a bonus point and engineering their own huge points swing.

It has put the handbrake on the optimism that had been building, with Scotland having appeared to have turned a corner after a second successive disappointing pool-stage exit at the World Cup, when they were brushed aside by Ireland once again. Beating Ireland this weekend, however, would still see them claim a first Triple Crown since 1990.

Ireland vs Scotland date, kick-off time and venue

Ireland vs Scotland is the second of three games scheduled for Six Nations Super Saturday and takes place on March 16, 2024, with kick-off scheduled for 4:45pm GMT.

The match is being hosted at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

How to watch Ireland vs Scotland

TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised live and free-to-air on ITV1, with coverage beginning at 3:55pm.

Live stream: Fans can also catch the rugby action live online for free via the ITVX website and ITVX app.

Live blog: Follow live minute-by-minute updates from the game with Standard Sport’s rolling blog.

Ireland vs Scotland team news

Ireland have stuck with the same starting team that lined up for their loss to England last weekend.

Munster wing Calvin Nash has been passed fit after a head injury that forced his early withdrawal at Twickenham.

Replacement Ciaran Frawley also failed a head injury assessment in that game and is not involved this weekend, with Garry Ringrose poised to make his first appearance of the Six Nations off the bench having now recovered from a shoulder issue.

Leinster fly-half Harry Byrne also comes onto the bench as Andy Farrell moves from a 6-2 to a 5-3 split, with lock Iain Henderson missing out after taking the spot of the injured James Ryan last weekend.

Ireland wing Calvin Nash is on track to be fit for Scotland’s visit after a head knock (Getty Images)
Ireland wing Calvin Nash is on track to be fit for Scotland’s visit after a head knock (Getty Images)

Scotland make two changes to the team beaten in Rome, with Glasgow centre Stafford McDowall handed his Six Nations debut in place of Cameron Redpath, who was himself deputising for the injured Sione Tuipulotu.

The other alteration is at scrum-half, where Ben White replaces George Horne after being rested against Italy. Ali Price drops out of the squad.

Loosehead prop Rory Sutherland is also added to the bench in place of Alec Hepburn. There is no place for ex-captain Jamie Ritchie, while Hamish Watson was among the players released for club duty earlier this week.

Ireland vs Scotland lineups

Ireland XV: Keenan; Nash, Henshaw, Aki, Lowe; Crowley, Gibson-Park; Porter, Sheehan, Furlong; McCarthy, Beirne; O'Mahony (c), Van der Flier, Doris

Replacements: Kelleher, Healy, Bealham, Byrne, Ringrose, Baird, Conan, Murray

Scotland XV: Kinghorn; Steyn, Jones, McDowall, Van der Merwe; Russell (co-C), White; Schoeman, Turner, Z Fagerson; Gilchrist, Cummings; Christie, Darge, Dempsey (co-C)

Replacements: Ashman, Sutherland, Millar-Mills, Skinner, M Fagerson, Horne, Redpath, Rowe

Ireland vs Scotland head to head (h2h) history and results

Ireland have absolutely dominated this fixture in recent times, winning nine games in a row against Scotland and 13 of the last 14 overall.

They won easily 36-14 at the Stade de France in October to secure their World Cup progress and knock out the Scots, who also lost 22-7 at Murrayfield in last year’s Six Nations.

Scotland have not won in Dublin since a 23-20 Six Nations triumph at Croke Park in 2010.

Ireland wins: 70

Scotland wins: 66

Draws: 5

Ireland vs Scotland prediction

Beware a wounded Ireland.

Farrell’s men will be smarting after their shock loss to old rivals England at Twickenham that scuppered their historic double Grand Slam bid and itching to ensure they at least retain their title in style back on home soil, eliminating any last-day drama or hopes England may have of a last-gasp gazumping.

Ireland will be out to quickly avenge their shock loss at Twickenham (Action Images via Reuters)
Ireland will be out to quickly avenge their shock loss at Twickenham (Action Images via Reuters)

It’s been a strange old tournament for Scotland, who have blown seriously hot and cold, looking brilliant at times but also very vulnerable at others as they desperately lack proper consistency.

A generally very promising Six Nations has suddenly turned sour with that upset in Rome and they are now looking at winning only two of their five matches and a potential bottom-half finish. They could end up fifth if things really go against them on the last day.

Ireland to win, by 15 points.

Ireland vs Scotland match odds

Ireland to win: 1/12

Scotland to win: 15/2

Draw: 33/1

Odds via Betfair (subject to change).