Ireland meet the All Blacks in the second Test of their New Zealand tour this weekend. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Where and when is it running?
Saturday’s game will be played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin with kick-off at 8.05am Irish time.
What’s new from the team?
Johnny Sexton was passed fit after being sent off with a head injury after 31 minutes of last weekend’s 42-19 First Test loss, but he has since passed the HIA (Head Injury Protocols) without issue.
Sexton failed HIA 1, meaning the medics could neither confirm nor clear him of a concussion incident. However, he has since passed HIA 2 and HIA 3, meaning a concussion could not be confirmed and he was therefore free to practice at the rain-soaked North Harbor Stadium in Auckland on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the All Blacks were dealt a major blow ahead of the second Test as veteran Sam Whitelock was ruled out.
Whitelock suffered a delayed concussion and is a questionable for the remainder of the series.
New Zealand has also been hit by another Covid disruption as Tupou Vaa’i is the latest player to test positive. That means the All Blacks are now without two suspensions for this weekend and possibly the third Test.
What can you read and hear on Independent.ie?
We already have a lot of pre-game preparations for you to enjoy.
“Ireland have a far better chance of winning Saturday’s second Test against the All Blacks with Johnny Sexton on the team. There is no doubt about it. Still, there will be plenty of people who believe this weekend is an ideal opportunity to give Joey Carbery a go and ask him to build on his decent cameo at Eden Park.
Cian Tracey has addressed Andy Farrell’s Out Half Dilemma and Ireland’s addiction to Johnny Sexton.
Cian was also there to witness the opening test loss and shares his thoughts here, as does former Ireland internationals Tony Ward, Mick Galwey, Dan Leavy and Bernard Jackman.
Outside of the outcome, controversy over the HIA issue following Sexton’s injury has continued and Brendan Fanning’s concerns are outlined again below.
On this week’s episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by the New Zealand Herald’s Cian Tracey and Liam Napier to cover the latest news from the Ireland tour.
The boys initially discuss whether Johnny Sexton should start in the second test against the All Blacks or whether Joey Carbery should be given the nod with the 2023 World Cup in mind.
And Rúaidhrí O’Connor, Rugby Correspondent for the Irish Independent, and Cian joined Sinéad Kissane on Left Wing Live to discuss the first Test and you can catch up on that here. Later in the week we also have a whole new episode for you guys.
What is Ireland’s record against the All Blacks?
From the first meeting on 25 November 1905, when New Zealand won 15-0, it has been a mostly one-way affair for 111 years, with the All Blacks winning 27 games with a single draw in 1973 and taking the whole of Ireland to show for their efforts.
That finally changed in 2016 with a famous win at Soldier’s Field in Chicago, and Ireland have since added two more victories, including last fall’s 29-20 win at the Aviva before Saturday’s loss.
New Zealand – 30 wins
Ireland – 3 wins
Draw – 1
Where can I see the game?
The game will be streamed live from 7:30am on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action. It will also stream through the Sky Go app.
How are the chances?
The All Blacks are heavy favorites at 1/8 with Ireland 11/2 and the draw at 25/1.
What’s new from the warehouse?
“Personally I don’t really understand what’s going on with the glitch because this time last year they were giving penalties for fun about poaching and now it’s like you have to be in 20 seconds and get out with the ball. otherwise you won’t get the ball.”
Tadhg Beirne was stunned by the referees in Saturday’s loss and here explains why.
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