Three teams are in the running to lift the 2020 Six Nations crown as the competition reaches its belated conclusion on Super Saturday, with France and Ireland ready to face off in a grandstand finish.
More than seven months after its intended end date, the northern hemisphere’s most prestigious rugby tournament will get the send-off it deserves, and it’s suitably tight at the top of the table. Ireland lead the way on points and points difference, while second-place England have a chance to usurp the throne if they can beat Italy by a big enough margin:
Andy Farrell’s leaders moved to the summit after hammering Italy 50-17 when matches resumed last Saturday, the largest score recorded by a single team thus far in the competition (and the highest-scoring game overall).
A bonus-point victory in Paris is guaranteed to bring Ireland their second Six Nations title in three years, though Les Bleus look fighting fit after they beat Wales 38-21 in a friendly last weekend:
What TV Channel is France-Ireland on?
Ireland’s climactic visit to France will begin on NBCSN at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday. You can live stream international rugby fixtures on fuboTV.
Both teams set to face off at the Stade de France have made a single change to their starting XVs ahead of the final weekend. Leinster center Robbie Henshaw moves into Ireland’s midfield as a replacement for club mate Garry Ringrose, who suffered a broken jaw in their win over the Azzurri:
Winger Hugo Keenan and openside flanker Will Connors—man of the match against Italy—retain their spots in Farrell’s XV after a pair of outstanding international debuts last Saturday.
Loosehead prop Cian Healy is poised to become a centurion for the guests with his 100th Test cap, only the sixth player (and the fourth forward) in their history to manage the feat.
Montpellier center Arthur Vincent is the only new name in Fabien Galthie’s lineup as injured Teddy Thomas drops out, meaning Gael Fickou reverts to the wing for the hosts:
How to Watch France vs. Ireland
When: Saturday, October 31
Where: Stade de France, Paris, France
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Ireland have enjoyed great international success over the last decade or so and are chasing their fifth Six Nations triumph, while five-time winners France hope to end their decade-long wait for the crown.
The staggered start times to Saturday’s matchups mean Ireland and France—playing in the late fixture—will know exactly what’s required for them to get their hands on the trophy. England remain the favorites despite being one point off the leaders, though a big score will be needed away to Italy as they seek to overtake the Irish, who are 23 ahead in points difference.