Leinster v Bulls & Ireland v Scotland LIVE: score updates, TV news and more
Leinster will begin his United Rugby Championship campaign today as he takes on the Vodacom Bulls at Aviva Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Irish will battle Scotland in Parma as they seek a victory that would secure their delayed 2021 Rugby World Cup qualification next year in New Zealand.
Ireland will look to forget their recent losses against Spain and France as they focus on the task ahead against Scotland.
Having seen their Six Nations campaign massively delayed due to Covid-19, the Irish squad have only recently resumed and the manner of their loss to Spain has raised alarm bells.
The error-ridden performance against Spain led to a shock 8-7 loss and now makes today’s game a match where the performance and the result must be much better.
Leinster, meanwhile, are starting their campaign for the United Rugby Championship against strong South African opposition in the form of the Vodacom Bulls.
The Bulls will come to this meeting with Aviva Stadium with arguably more momentum after being involved in the Currie Cup action since mid-June.
They lost just two of their 12 regular-season games in the competition before beating Western Province in the semifinals and hammering the Sharks in the final 44-10.
Leinster will be spurred on by the availability of Johnny Sexton, Garry Ringrose and James Lowe – not all three of whom were involved in the Lions tour – but Leo Cullen’s side did not enjoy competitive action like his opponents.
Leinster will start at Aviva Stadium at 5.15pm and the match will be broadcast live on TG4 as well as Premier Sports 1.
And the confrontation between Ireland and Scotland begins at 5 pm and will be broadcast on RTÉ2; as well as on World Rugby’s YouTube and Facebook channels and on rugbyworldcup.com/2021.
You can also keep up to date with all the action from both games with the Irish Daily Mirror’s live games blog.