Ireland vs Scotland Live Stream Online. Ireland and Scotland begin their Rugby World Cup campaigns in a crunch Pool A clash against one another in Yokohama. Scotland vs Ireland Live Stream Free
The winner of this game is likely to go on and top the pool, while the loser would probably be left battling with hosts Japan to be the other side making it to the knockout phase, where the All Blacks and Springboks are set to lie in wait.
Just two weeks ago the Irish went to No 1 in the world rankings for the first time, though after a stellar 2018 they have lost three of their nine tests this year, finishing third in the Six Nations.
The two nations have met on 135 occasions, with Scotland winning 67 times and Ireland 63, along with five draws. Their most recent clash, in the Six Nations in February, saw the Irish come up trumps 22-13 at Murrayfield.
Where: Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama
Kick-off: 7.45pm on Sunday (NZT)
How to watch: Live on Spark Sport (coverage from 7.15pm).
Live stream: Available via sparksport.co.nz or the Spark Sport app.
NZ TAB odds: Ireland $1.31, Scotland $3.20
Weather forecast at kick-off time: Intermittent clouds, 23 degrees celsius, gusts up to 17km/h, 96 per cent humidity.
Ireland: Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray, CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier, Peter O’Mahony, James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Tadhg Furlong, Rory Best (captain), Cian Healy.
Reserves: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath, Jack Carty, Chris Farrell.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Duncan Taylor, Sam Johnson, Sean Maitland, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw, Allan Dell, Stuart McInally, (captain), Willem Nel, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, John Barclay, Hamish Watson, Ryan Wilson.
Reserves: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Simon Berghan, Scott Cummings, Blade Thomson, Ali Price, Chris Harris, Darcy Graham.
Prediction (Aaron Goile): After their strong recent rise, Ireland have had some mixed form this year, but, with successive wins over Wales, look to be timing their run well into the World Cup. Scotland haven’t had as sterner opposition, with their last two outings being comfortable wins over Georgia, and should provide a decent workout for the new world No 1, but expect the Irish to be too strong, with the quality halves pairing of Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton to be highly influential.