IRELAND are looking to repeat their heroic feats of 2018 as they face the All Blacks in Dublin three years after beating them for the first time at home.
Andy Farrell’s team got off to the perfect start last week as they hammered Japan 60-5 in their opening Autumn International to avenge their defeat to the Brave Blossoms in the 2019 World Cup.
Johnny Sexton has warned Ireland they’ll have to get the basics right to have a chance against the All Blacks[/caption]
New Zealand will be looking to avenge the defeat they suffered last time they played Ireland at the Aviva[/caption]
But they’ll be facing far tougher opposition this weekend as the All Blacks arrive in rude health.
New Zealand thumped an inexperienced Wales team 54-16 in Cardiff two weeks ago before their fringe players ran out 47-9 winners over Italy in Rome last weekend.
However, Ireland know how to beat the All Blacks in Dublin, having run out 16-9 winners in 2018.
Irish captain Johnny Sexton has warned his team that the swashbuckling style of rugby on display against Japan will not be possible throughout the game against the Kiwis.
He said: “We’ve always had license to do that, but if teams show a different picture you can’t do it all the time.
“That’s just the way the game unfolded on Saturday.
“We’d love to do it all the time and we just got presented the pictures and we read them quite well and executed off the back of it.
“If a team comes and they put 14 guys on the front line you can’t run, you’ve got to kick more or target a different space.
“If it comes and it’s raining or the conditions are really bad or they play a different type of defence to what Japan showed us, then we’ll play the right options as we see fit.
“The most important thing is that we win, that’s what we’re judged on.”
What time does Ireland vs New Zealand rugby kick off?
- Ireland vs New Zealand takes place on Saturday, October 13 – TODAY.
- The match kicks off at 3.15pm UK and Ireland time – 4.15am in New Zealand.
- It takes place at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
- Last time the two sides met, the All Blacks scored seven tries to run out 46-14 winners in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Chofu, Japan.
What TV channel is Ireland vs New Zealand rugby on and can I live stream it?
- Ireland vs New Zealand is live on Channel 4 in the UK.
- Coverage commences at 2.45pm – half an hour before kick-off.
- To stream the match live, head to the Channel 4 website.
What Irish TV channel is Ireland vs New Zealand on?
- Ireland vs New Zealand is live on RTE Two in the Republic of Ireland.
- Coverage commences at 2.15pm – one hour before kick-off.
Can I watch Ireland vs New Zealand free?
- Yes. Channel 4 is FREE for all UK viewers with a TV licence.
- RTE is also free-to-air for viewers in the Republic of Ireland.
Ireland’s team is subject to change amid reports of a positive Covid test in the squad.
Ireland team: Hugo Keenan, Andrew Conway, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, James Lowe, Johnny Sexton (c), Jamison Gibson-Park; Jack Conan, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris, James Ryan, Iain Henderson, Tadhg Furlong, Ronan Kelleher, Andrew Porter.
Replacements: Rob Sheehan, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Peter OMahony, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Keith Earls.
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New Zealand: Jordie Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sevu Reece, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Ardie Savea, Dalton Papalii, Ethan Blackadder, Sam Whitelock (c), Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.
Replacements: Dane Coles, Karl Tuinukuafe, Tyrel Lomax, Tupou Vaai, Akira Ioane, Finlay Christie, Richie Mounga, David Havili.
- Ireland 16/5
- Draw 20/1
- New Zealand 1/4
*Odds from Betfair correct as of Saturday, November 13.
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