Andy Farrell will today name his starting XV for Ireland's Six Nations clash with Italy in Dublin this weekend.

The tournament was postponed back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and returns with this one fixture on Saturday.

The final round of games will be played next weekend, with Ireland facing France in Paris, Wales hosting Scotland in Cardiff and England travelling to Rome to take on Italy.

Ireland began their Six Nations campaign with wins over Scotland and Wales, but lost to England in their last game all the way back in February.

Meanwhile, Italy have lost all three of their games so far in this year's tournament and failed to get any points in their matches against Wales and Scotland.

Saturday's match at the Aviva Stadium gets underway at 3.30pm and we'll bring you live updates on the game throughout the day right here on

Farrell is expected to name his Ireland team between 12 and 1pm today and we'll have plenty of reaction to the announcement here throughout the afternoon.

And in other rugby news today, it has been confirmed that the British and Irish Lions will play their first match on home soil since 2005 when they take on Japan in June next year in Edinburgh.

Andy Farrell confident new faces are ready for step up to Test level

You can read Andy Farrell’s thoughts ahead of the game here.

Johnny Sexton and Will Connors at training today

Johnny Sexton and Will Connors
Johnny Sexton and Will Connors (Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Hugo Keenan and Will Connors to start

The big news is that Hugo Keenan and Will Connors will start against Italy on Saturday.

You can read more on the team announcement here.

Leinster’s Hugo Keenan and Will Connors
Leinster’s Hugo Keenan and Will Connors (Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie)

The team in full for Saturday's game

Stockdale, Conway, Ringrose, Aki, Keenan, Sexton, Murray; Healy, Herring, Porter, Beirne, Ryan, Doris, Connors, Stander.

Replacements: Heffernan, E Byrne, Bealham, Dillane, O’Mahony, Gibson-Park, R Byrne, Henshaw

Ireland team named

Last five Ireland results v Italy

Won 29-10 in Dublin (Rugby World Cup warm-up) 2019

Won 26-16 in Rome (Six Nations) 2019

Won 54-7 in Chicago (Autumn International) 2018

Won 56-19 in Dublin (Six Nations) 2018

Won 63-10 in Rome (Six Nations) 2017

Brian O'Driscoll on Hugo Keenan

“I’ve really, really liked him.”

“I’d only seen a bit of him last year, he was a bit-part player, coming in and out and playing in the games when a lot of internationals were away and featuring in one or two of the 23s with a full-strength side.

“I think what is very evident is he has that explosiveness and there’s a little bit of stardust in there. He also has an ability to run high-speed metres for a long period of time.

“I know that fitness-wise he smashed the Bronco score at Leinster, obliterated it and a guy that’s capable of doing that for 80 minutes is incredible to have in the last 20 minutes of games in a broken field.

“I think he doesn’t quite get it yet where he’s understanding when to run into a hole or when to hold his line and play catch-pass.

“The couple of times he’s been caught in the last few weeks when trying to accelerate into a hole where a winger has shot in and got him man and ball...but I think that’s completely to do with not having been in the situation enough times to be able to read when he needs to play it. I think that will come with time.

“He’s got good vision, he’s brave, he’s good in the air, his kicking game needs a bit of work but I think he’s an exciting player and someone that you’re going to see in an Ireland jersey in the next six months or so.

“Not necessarily going to start these next two weekends, but you’d have to anticipate he’s getting to get a cap over the course of November.”

Read more here.

Hugo Keenan with Ireland head coach Andy Farrell
Hugo Keenan with Ireland head coach Andy Farrell (Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

The scene at Ireland training this morning

The team for Saturday’s game should be named within the next two hours.

Good morning

You are very welcome to our live blog for today’s Ireland team announcement.

Andy Farrell will name his side to face Italy at some stage this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s game at the Aviva Stadium.

It will be fascinating to see who makes the starting XV and who misses out.

One man who could make his Test debut for Ireland this weekend is Hugo Keenan, who has been playing well for Leinster at full-back.

With Rob Kearney now retired at Test level and Jordan Larmour injured, Keenan could start at the Aviva on Saturday.

Ireland have dominated their recent meetings with Italy, with their only defeat against the Italians in over 20 years coming in 2013, and it would be a shock if Farell’s side didn’t record another victory over them in Dublin.

We believe the team will be named at some time between midday and 1pm.