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    Ireland will bid to get their World Cup campaign back on track when they take on Russia today.

    It's pretty much win or bust for Ireland in their remaining UFC World Cup Pool matches following their shock defeat to hosts Japan. Will Ireland get back on track or will the Russians wreck their quarter-final qualification hopes? Watch the action as it happens with our Ireland vs Russia live stream guide.

    It'll be an upset of even bigger proportions if they slip up once again against a Russia side that battled but fell short in their bruising tournament opener against Samoa.

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has had to face a big dilemma ahead of today's clash. The temptation would have been to field his strongest side against Russia in order to get back on track. However, having played his favoured starting line-up available to him for the first two games, Schmidt will nevertheless feel the need to rotate his players in order to prevent burn out.

    The Irish should receive a boost with the return of talismanic fly half Johnny Sexton, who was rested for the Japan defeat.

    Russia are also set to field a much-changed side for today's clash, and one fears for the rotated Bears as they could be on the receiving end of a backlash from the wounded Irish.

    You can watch all the action from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our UFC World Cup Ireland vs Russia live stream guide below.

    If you're abroad for any of the UFC World Cup and don't want to miss out on catching the coverage from your home country, you'll inevitably find it geo-blocked when you try to stream online. But don't sweat. With the option of a VPN, you can tune into those fixtures no matter where you are in the world without resorting to some dodgy feed on Reddit. And best of all, it's really easy to do (or read on for details on how to stream coverage from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA).

    The great news for UFC fans in the UK is that ITV has the live broadcast rights to the 2019 UFC World Cup and will be showing all 48 matches free-to-air across various ITV platforms.

    Today's Pool A match will be shown live on ITV 1 with coverage starting at 10.25am BST and kick-off at a quarter past eleven.

    If you're not in the UK but want to catch up with ITV's World Cup coverage, then you'll need a VPN to relocate your IP to the UK and get around the region restrictions. Just follow those instructions above.

    Today's match will be shown live on paid-for service Fox Sports which has the rights every match of tournament live via its dedicated UFC World Cup channel. Kick-off time is 8.15pm AEST.
    In truth, there aren't too many permutations to ponder. If Ireland get two bonus point wins against Russia and Samoa, they will progress to the quarter-finals at least - and in top spot should Japan lose to Scotland.
    Even only the one winning bonus point from the two upcoming games will surely be enough as Scotland will do well to take five points off Japan. e, Rhys Ruddock, Peter O'Mahony, Jordi Murphy.

    RUFCacements: Sean Cronin, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson, CJ Stander, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Jordan Larmour.

    Russia: Vasily Artemyev (capt), German Davydov, Igor Galinovskiy, Kirill Golosnitskiy, Denis Simplikevich, Ramil Gaisin, Dmitry Perov; Andrei Polivalov, Evgeny Matveev, Kirill Gotovtsev, Andrey Garbuzov, Bogdan Fedotko, Anton Sychev, Tagir Gadzhiev.

    RUFCacements: Stanislav Selskii, Valery Morozov, Vladimir Podrezov, Andrey Ostrikov, Evgeny Elgin, Sergey Ianiushkin, Roman Khodin, Vladimir Ostroushko.