England vs Italy 2021: what time is kick off and how to watch Six Nations rugby match on TV and live stream

George Ford, Kyle Sinckler and Mako Vunipola return for England as Eddie Jones names his starting line up to face Italy from his Six Nations squad
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England will be looking to bounce back from a dismal opening round defeat to Scotland as the Six Nations continues this weekend.

Eddie Jones has shuffled the pack in naming his England team to play Italy in the second round of fixtures of the championships.

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Opponents Italy go into the match hurting after they were comfortably beaten at home by France in their first match of the 2021 tournament.

George Ford in training ahead of England vs Italy in 2021 Six Nations. (Pic: Getty Images)George Ford in training ahead of England vs Italy in 2021 Six Nations. (Pic: Getty Images)
George Ford in training ahead of England vs Italy in 2021 Six Nations. (Pic: Getty Images)

England were victorious the last time the two nations went toe-to-toe, winning 34-5 in the delayed conclusion of the 2020 Six Nations.

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When is England v Italy?

The Six Nations match between England and Italy takes place on Saturday 13 February.

It is the first fixture of the second round of games being played in this year's tournament.

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Scotland v Wales follows the conclusion of the England v Italy match on Saturday and Ireland v France play on Sunday 14 February.

What time does England v Italy kick off?

The match between England v Italy kicks off at 2.15pm.

It is a slightly earlier kick off time for England than their opening round fixture against Scotland, which was the second game of the day in Round One.

It is the first match to be played on Saturday before Scotland v Wales kicks off at 4.45pm. Sunday's fixture between Ireland v France kicks off at 3pm.

Where is England v Italy being played?

England v Italy is being played at Twickenham, in London.

The game will be played behind closed doors to the public, meaning the 82,000 seater stadium will be without fans of each nation due to Covid restrictions.

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Elsewhere, BT Murrayfield will host Scotland v Wales and Ireland v France will take place at the Aviva Stadium.

What TV channel is England v Italy on?

All of the 2021 Six Nations are being screened on terrestrial television.

The Six Nations match between England v Italy will be broadcast live on ITV.

ITV will also show Ireland v France. Scotland v Wales will be aired on BBC One.

What time does coverage of England v Italy start?

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ITV coverage of England v Italy will begin 45 minutes before the scheduled kick off time for all the pre-match build up.

The programme will start at 1.30pm and is due to end at 4.30pm, following the conclusion of the match.

Who are the pundits for England v Italy?

ITV have an impressive line up of former pros and presenters for their coverage of the Six Nations tournament.

Mark Pougatch presented the Calcutta Cup match alongside 2003 World Cup winners Jonny Wilkinson and Sir Clive Woodward - all of whom have become regulars in the studio.

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The line up of pundits for Saturday's England v Italy match is yet to be confirmed.

Jill Douglas and Martin Bayfield have presented ITV's rugby coverage, with match commentary coming from a combination of Nick Mullins, Miles Harrison and Martin Gillingham.

Former England international Lawrence Dallaglio and Italy centre Michele Campagnaro have also made appearances, as has ex England prop David Flatman on co-comms.

How can I live stream England v Italy?

The match between England v Italy will be available to watch through ITV’s online platform ITV Hub.

What are the latest odds on England v Italy?

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As of Thursday 11 February, England are the overwhelming favourites to get their Six Nations defence back on track after the shock defeat to Scotland.

William Hill is offering odds of 1/66 on with others going as high as 1/750 (SkyBet) and 1/1000 (BetVictor) for an England win, via oddschecker.com.

The online bookies don't fancy Italy's chances with odds of 20/1 (888Sport), 45/1 (PaddyPower) and 50/1 (BetFair).

Best odds on a draw are 100/1.