Italian fans will be puzzled and are hoping to win this time around it comes their way, as they take on the defending champions Irish Rugby on their turf. Though Irish lose the game against England at the home soil, they comfortably bounce back at the next round in the away game against the Scottish.
On the contrary, the Italian rugby team has lost both the rounds game against Scotland and Wales respectfully. Italy is the underdogs but can they mount a great challenge in front of the great Irish? Let’s see what will happen in Ireland v Italy rugby 2019 six nations 3rd round game, whether the game will be one-sided or competitive?
Ireland v Italy Rugby 2019 Six Nations Preview, Odds
Italy will be committed in this game and will want to replicate the defensive organization that forced Wales to go try less and penalties during the first half. But unfortunately for Italy, Ireland will have too much in the locker for them. Undoubtedly the Irish are the favorites going into this game. They are well structured and organized that’s why they Ireland won it away match 13-22 against Scotland
Ireland’s key players have more tackles and more points than Italy’s key players. Therefore the outcome will ultimately favor Ireland, as per statistics from key areas. With well structure and organization, speedy outside backs and a line up with more depth than Italy Azzurri Rugby, I will go for Ireland to win, Italy 17-52 Ireland.
Ireland vs Italy Rugby 2019 Fixtures, Dates, Kickoff Times, How to Watch Live
Both sides will meet for the 30th time on the upcoming Sunday. Let’s take a look at the Ireland v Italy rugby 2019 six nations schedule.
- What: Italy v Ireland Rugby 6 Nations 2019
- When: Sunday, 24th of February
- Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
- Kickoff: 15:00 GMT
- Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
- Assistant Referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Karl Dickson (England)
- Television Match Official (TMO): Graham Hughes (England)
Italy Ireland Rugby Last Matchup
Ireland vs Italy meeting in Chicago on 3rd Nov 2018 was the last meeting before this match where the Irish destroyed the Azzurri by 54-7. On that occasion, Joe Schmidt’s side massively dominated the Azzurri via relying on especially Jordan Larmour(FB) secured hat trick and two tries for Tadhg Beirne(L). And as a result, the Italians depart from the ground with a bunch of disappointment.
Italy Rugby Team Last Game vs Wales 6 Nations 2019
The Azzurri was beaten by Wales 26-15 who equaled their winning test run in Rome. Wales have now won 11 games in flow, made possible by second-half tries from brilliant Owen and Josh Watkin. Four penalties gained from Dan Biggar had helped Warren Gatland’s men to gain early happiness. But Italy leveled the match with Braam Steyn try, but a late fightback from Italy was not enough to get them to match Wales.
Irish Rugby Previous Match v Scotland
Irish secured a thrilling 22-13 victory over a highly spirited Scottish team to keep their hopes alive in the Guinness 6 Nations Rugby Championship 2019. Conor Murray and Jacob Stockdale won tries at first-half which later added to by a second-have score by a sparkling attack from Keith Earls.
Joey Carbery later added to the score with a delightful touch for the third score. Scotland’s Joey Carbery responded a few minutes to break. They struggled and couldn’t take their chances thus slipping to a disappointing defeat on home ground.
Ireland Italy Key Players to Watch
Irelands Conor Murray has returned from injury, while Devin Toner, Luke McGrath, and Kieran Marmion are out of the current tournament. CJ Stander may not return in due time to face Italy but Garry Ringrose is still being assessed.
Italy was competitive but lost to Wales in Stadio Olimpico Rome. With Edoardo Padovani and Braam Steyn tries’ easing a little. Italians best players Matteo Minozzi and Jake Polledri are out of the tournament. They have lost 19 matches consecutively with the format of the current championship.
However, the key players of Ireland vs Italy Rugby 2019 Fixtures of the 6 nations round 3 are T Allan CJ Hayward (R), E Gori (R) and M Minozzi(FB) for the Italian side. Whilst Irish key players are R Best( H), C Murray(SH), J Sexton(FH)and R Henshaw(C).
Italy vs Ireland Rugby Head to Head Fight Results
Ireland and Italy have played a total of 29 rugby test matches against each other since their first contest in 1988. Ireland has won incredibly 25 of those matches, whilst Italy has won only four matches. By far Ireland has been the worst opposition team Italy have contested against as evident by a massive 231 points.
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