Scotland v Ireland 2021: what time does the Six Nations rugby match kick-off, teams - and how to watch on TV

Gregor Townsend will be looking to steer Scotland to their first win over Ireland since 2017 at BT Murrayfield

The 2021 Six Nations returns this weekend with an action-packed Round Four of fixtures.

Although bottom of the standings, Scotland can take heart from their opening weekend defeat of England to claim the Calcutta Cup and a fiercely competitive match against Wales.

Gregor Townsend’s side have played a game less than three other nations due to the Covid enforced postponement against France - so are expected to be champing at the bit.

Head coach Gregor Townsend will be looking to steer Scotland to their first win over Ireland since 2017 at BT Murrayfield. (Pic: Getty Images)

They come up against an Ireland team who have picked up just one win, against Italy, and two defeats to Wales and France so far in this year’s championships.

The last time the two played, in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup in December 2020, Ireland ran out winners over Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

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When is Scotland v Ireland?

The 2021 Six Nations match between Scotland v Ireland takes place in Round Four of the rugby championships on Sunday 14 March.

The match takes place a day after the Six Nations double header between Italy v Wales and England v France on Saturday 13 March.

What time does Scotland v Ireland kick off?

Scotland v Ireland kick off at 3pm on Sunday 14 March.

The other two fixtures to take place in Round Four of the 2021 Six Nations sees Italy v Wales kick off at 2.15pm and England v France kick off at 4.45pm on an action-packed afternoon of international rugby on Saturday 13 March.

Where is Scotland v Ireland being played?

Scotland v Ireland is being played at BT Murrayfield, in Edinburgh.

Elsewhere, Italy will take on Wales at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and England will host France at Twickenham in London.

What TV channel is Scotland v Ireland on?

Terrestrial TV channels BBC and ITV have split live coverage of Six Nations 2021 matches for rugby fans to watch.

The match between Scotland v Ireland will be shown live on BBC One on Sunday 14 March.

The other two fixtures, Italy v Wales and England v France will be shown on ITV on Saturday 13 March.

What time does coverage of Scotland v Ireland start?

TV coverage of the Six Nations match between Scotland v Ireland will begin at 2.20pm on Sunday 14 March - 40 minutes before kick off time.

Saturday's TV coverage of Italy v Wales starts at 1.30pm before attentions turn to England v France at 4.15pm for the pundits to have their say before the action begins.

Who are the pundits for Scotland v Ireland?

The BBC's Six Nations coverage is fronted by Gabby Logan.

She will be joined in the studio by former Scotland internationals John Barclay and Andy Nicol, and England's World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson.

The match commentary will come from Eddie Butler, Chris Paterson and Jamie Heaslip.

How can I live stream Scotland v Ireland?

The Six Nations 2021 match between Scotland and Ireland will be available to watch through the BBC Sport app, website and iPlayer.

What are the latest odds on Scotland v Ireland?

As of Thursday 11 March, the online bookies are offering a range of odds for both Ireland and Scotland victories which are attracting attention.

Scotland are out at 13/10 with PaddyPower and BetFair, 6/5 with Bet365, 888sport, MansionBet and BetFred, and 5/4 with WilliamHill and BoyleSports.

Ireland, meanwhile, are at 8/11 with SkyBet, 888sport, BetVictor, BetFred and Betway, 4/6 with PaddyPower, WilliamHill and BetFair, and 3/4 with Bet365.

What is the Scotland team to face Ireland?

Head coach Townsend makes four changes for the visit of Ireland.


15. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) – 82 caps

14. Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 51 caps

13. Chris Harris (Gloucester) – 25 caps

12. Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 15 caps

11. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh) – 7 caps

10. Finn Russell VICE CAPTAIN (Racing 92) – 53 caps

9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 39 caps

1. Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 13 caps

2. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 14 caps

3. WP Nel (Edinburgh) – 42 caps

4. Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 19 caps

5. Jonny Gray (Exeter Chiefs) – 63 caps

6. Jamie Ritchie VICE CAPTAIN (Edinburgh) – 24 caps

7. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh – 38 caps

8. Matt Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 11 caps


16. David Cherry (Edinburgh) – 2 caps

17. Jamie Bhatti (Bath Rugby) – 16 caps

18. Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 28 caps

19. Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 42 caps

20. Nick Haining (Edinburgh) – 5 caps

21. Scott Steele (Harlequins) – 2 caps

22. Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 28 caps

23. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 16 caps

What is the Ireland team to face Scotland?

Keith Earls, Cian Healy and Rob Herring start in three changes made to the Ireland starting line up to face Scotland.


15. Hugo Keenan (UCD/Leinster) 9

14. Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster) 91

13. Garry Ringrose (UCD/Leinster) 33

12. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Leinster) 50

11. James Lowe (Leinster) 5

10. Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) (capt) 97

9. Jamison Gibson-Park (Leinster) 8

1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 107

2. Rob Herring (Ballynahinch/Ulster) 19

3. Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster) 47

4. Iain Henderson (Academy/Ulster) 61

5. James Ryan (UCD/Leinster) 34

6. Tadhg Beirne (Lansdowne/Munster) 20

7. Will Connors (UCD/Leinster) 8

8. CJ Stander (Shannon/Munster) 49


16. Ronan Kelleher (Lansdowne/Leinster) 9

17. Dave Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster) 41

18. Andrew Porter (UCD/Leinster) 35

19. Ryan Baird (Dublin University/Leinster) 1

20. Jack Conan (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 18

21. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 88

22. Billy Burns (Ulster) 6

23. Jordan Larmour (St. Mary’s College/Leinster) 27