The Women’s Six Nations finals day is here and it kicks off with the third place play off between Ireland and Italy.
It was originally going to be played in Parma but due to Covid restrictions the match has been moved to Dublin. While the location has changed, the intent for both teams will be the same to achieve the all-important third place finish.
As England are professional and France are semi-professional the top two spots usually go to them. And so the third place spot is something that is hunted by the remaining four teams.
Ireland started their campaign strong with a 45-0 victory over Wales but they were smothered in attack and defence by France last week. They lost 56-15 but some players shone for Ireland, including Stacey Flood who will win her first start for her country this afternoon.
While Italy played well in their opener against England but they couldn’t sustain the performance for 80 minutes. Despite losing 67-3, they focused on their challenge ahead and were clinical against Scotland in a 41-20 win. Captain Manuela Furlan and Player of the Match Beatrice Rigoni were stand out stars and they will feature in the clash today. The game will kick off at 12pm BST.