It’s the third round of the 2019 Six Nations and the opening favourites, Ireland, are set to tackle the outsiders, Italy. You can watch all the action that’s expected from a game of this magnitude using this guide on how to enjoy the Six Nations from anywhere you happen to find yourself. Get an Italy vs Ireland live stream with these details.
Italy vs Ireland – where and when
This Six Nations 2019 heads to Rome for this game that will take place in the Stadio Olimpico.
The game itself starts today, Sunday February 24, with a kick-off time of 4pm local time, so that’s 3pm GMT.
The reigning Six Nations champions, Ireland, have so far managed to beat Scotland in their last game, 22–13, but unexpectedly lost their opening game against England 20–32. Italy, on the other hand, have both their games – 20–33 to Scotland and 15–26 to Wales. Italy’s advantage this time is that this game against Ireland is on home turf in Rome – can they spring a huge upset?
Historically it doesn’t look good for Italy as in the last 24 games the team has only claimed victory once against Ireland, at the 2013 Six Nations where they won 22–15. The Italy captain, 35-year-old Sergio Parisse, suffered a concussion in a club game and so will miss out on this clash with Ireland.
Ireland will also be missing players in the form of Garry Ringrose who is suffering from a hamstring issue, Will Addison with a back complaint and Rhys Ruddock with hamstring pains. Ireland do now have Chris Farrell cleared after a knee-injury. Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne are also back on the squad.
You can catch all the excitement with an Italy vs Ireland lives stream using the handy guide below which helps you get in on the action from anywhere you are in the world.
How to live stream Ireland vs Italy in the UK for free
As ever, all the Six Nations matches will be shown live in the UK on free-to-air television. This year’s coverage is spread across the BBC and ITV and this game will be shown on ITV from 3pm GMT.
If you’re trying to watch online (either live or on catch-up) then you can get access via the ITV Hub mobile app. Alternatively, just head to an online streaming TV service such TVPlayer.com, which has all of the UK’s freeview channels (including ITV) in one place. So you can enjoy the match on TV, computer, tablet and smartphone for free if you’re in the UK – or subscribe to TVPlayer Plus if you want to record it and watch later.
Not in the UK this weekend? Not a problem – simply download and install a VPN and use a UK location to watch live as if you were back home. Full instructions below.
How to live stream the Six Nations when you’re not in your country
If you’re outside your country of residence – whether that be the UK or anywhere else – and try to start streaming the rugby via your native broadcaster, you’ll soon discover that you can’t as it is location restricted. Fear not, the action is still within your reach. All you need to do is download and install a VPN to effectively trick your computer into thinking that it’s back home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage (as long as you do so in compliance with the broadcaster’s Ts&Cs) without delving into the dangers of an illegal stream.
It’s really easy to get started with a VPN – simply download, install, open the app and select the appropriate location. For example, you would choose a UK server if you were trying to watch ITV coverage.
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Live stream Italy vs Ireland in Australia
You’ll have to get up at the crack of dawn to catch this match. That’s because it’ll air at 2am AEDT, but it should be worth it. The game will be shown via subscription service beIN Sport, which is actually showing every game of the 2019 Six Nations.
If you’re a Foxtel customer, you can add beIN to your package for an extra fee. No worries if you aren’t though as you can also subscribe to beIN as a standalone subscription that can be watched on your laptop, desktop computer or mobile device. That costs $19.99 per month after you’ve taken advantage of a FREE two week trial.
Live stream Italy vs Ireland in New Zealand
You’ll need to be up for 4am Wellington time to catch this game’s kick-off. It should be worth it. It’s all being streamed via beIN Sport.
Sky subscribers can add beIN to their package at an additional cost or, like in Australia, you can subscribe to a standalone package that can be watched on laptop, desktop or mobile app. It costs $19.78 per month after you’ve taken advantage of the FREE two week trial.
How to watch an Ireland vs Italy live stream in the US
This year US residents can enjoy the early starting Ireland vs Italy game using Rugby Pass which will stream the action at 7am PT, 10am ET. All you need do is head over to Rugby Pass and sign up.
If you’ve purchased the Rugby Pass but are now finding coverage geo-blocked because you’re outside the US then be sure to look at our advice above regarding using a VPN to access the action.
Live stream the rugby union in Canada and more – for FREE
DAZN is a streaming service available in a select few countries including Canada for the Six Nations Rugby. That means you can live stream the Ireland vs Italy action from 7am PT, 10am ET.
You can even watch for free as DAZN offers a 30-day money back option. You’ll have to sign up for the service but if you don’t like it you can get your money back within a month of you signing up.