LIVE SIX NA­TIONS RUGBY UNION, RTE2, SATUR­DAY 1.30PM.

Bray People - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Scot­land hadn’t read the script for Ire­land’s open­ing match of the 2017 Six Na­tions last Satur­day as they de­feated Ire­land, a team many of the pun­dits had pre­dicted would be fac­ing Eng­land in a Grand Slam show­down in the Aviva in the last se­ries of matches over St. Patrick’s week­end.

Italy came un­stuck at home against Wales but they were sticky opponents.

A bonus point win will put Ire­land’s Cham­pi­onship bid back on track. Ire­land will start as favourites against the Az­zurri and have only lost one Six Na­tions to the Ital­ians, which oc­curred in 2013 at this sta­dium. Italy are now coached by former Ire­land full-back Conor O’Shea, which should add an ex­tra el­e­ment to pro­ceed­ings.

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