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ONLINE

Live blog starting with England against Italy on RTÉ Sport Online and the RTÉ News app from 4.30 p.m.

RADIO

Live commentary from Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 with Donal Lenihan and Michael Corcoran

TV

Live coverage on Virgin Media One and BBC, highlights on Against the Head, RTÉ2, Monday 8 p.m.

WEATHER SITUATION

Rain is forecast for Paris on Saturday evening, with temperatures around 15 ° C.

STATE OF PLAY

The extended 2020 Guinness Six Nations ends with a trio of Super Saturday matches, where three teams are still mathematically capable of taking the trophy.

Scotland and Wales kick off the action with a renewal at Parc y Scarlets at 2.15pm and although an away bonus points win would move Gregor Townsend’s side to the top of the table at this point – there, the result of the last game, regardless of the way falls, would mean that a team exceeds the 15 points it can accumulate.

Italy will host England at 4:45 p.m. (Irish time) and to save everyone the trouble we will give Eddie Jones’ side five points right away.

This moves the Red Rose vertex up to 18 points. Anything less than five points for Ireland in Paris means the title will then be decided on the points difference, a distinct possibility. A draw, of course, would give England the title without the need for calculators.

If England beat Italy by no more than 23 points, any kind of win, even a dirty 3-0, would be enough for Ireland.

France must match England’s margin of victory plus at least two points to be in the mix. Ie If England misses 50 points in advance in Rome, Les Bleus must beat Ireland by 53, forget that.

In the event that the teams cannot be divided on the point difference, it is a test scored with France (13) currently ahead of England (9).

TEAM NEWS

Andy Farrell makes just one change to the squad that beat Italy 50-17, with center Robbie Henshaw replacing injured Garry Ringrose who broke his jaw on Saturday.

Likewise, French coach Fabien Galthie is making a solitary change alongside him. Winger Teddy Thomas misses a hamstring injury suffered in last week’s 38-21 win over Wales. Center Gael Fickou moves to the wing position with Arthur Vincent in the squad.

WHAT THEY SAID

Fabien Galthie: “These 16 penalties [conceded last weekend against Wales] show that we are an aggressive team and that we must remain an aggressive team. We have identified the areas where we need to relax a bit, but overall we need to stay aggressive. ”

Andy Farrell: “There’s no point in scoring four and they’re scoring six. You won’t get what you want. We’ll stick to the plan and see how it unfolds. Hopefully, we’ll put enough pressure on the game to open it up somewhere. line. ”

France: Anthony Bouthier, Vincent Rattez, Virimi Vakatawa, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Bernard Le Roux, Paul Willemse, Francois Cros, Charles Ollivon (capt), Gregory Alldritt.

Substitutes: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Arthur Retiere, Thomas Ramos.

Ireland: Jacob Stockdale, Andrew Conway, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Hugo Keenan, Johnny Sexton (capitaine), Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rob Herring, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Caelan Doris, Will Connors, CJ Stander.

Substitutes: Dave Heffernan, Ed Byrne, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Peter O’Mahony, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne, Chris Farrell.

OFFICIALS

Arbitrator: Wayne Barnes (England)

Assistant 1: Matthew Carley (Angleterre)

Assistant 2: Karl Dickson (Angleterre)

TMO: Luke Pearce (England)

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