Autumn Internationals Ireland v New Zealand LIVE STREAMING


Autumn Internationals

Ireland v New Zealand

Have you got your breath back from last weekend’s stunning Saturday of rugby? Are you over Sam Underhill’s controversial ruled out try? Do you finally believe Wales really did beat Australia?

Ireland v New Zealand
Date: Saturday 17th November 2018

Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Kick Off: 7:00pm

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

TV Coverage: Live on Channel 4 and RTÉ

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Ireland will face the mighty All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday 17th November during the Guinness Series. This will be the second of three home autumn internationals to be played by Ireland in 2018.

This will be a fascinating contest between the top two ranked teams in world rugby: Six Nations champions Ireland (ranked No.2) versus World champions New Zealand (ranked No.1).

Ireland and New Zealand played a double-header of matches in November 2016. Ireland famously won the first match 40-29 in Chicago, before falling to a 9-21 defeat in Dublin.

Ireland and New Zealand have contested a total of 30 rugby test matches since their first meeting in 1905. New Zealand have won 28 of those matches, whilst Ireland have won just one match. There has also been one draw between the two sides.

Ireland v New Zealand – Autumn International Tickets
Tickets for the Ireland v New Zealand autumn international match were expected to go on general sale on Friday 29th June, priced from €55 (Cat 4) to €135 (Premium), but sold out through distribution to rugby clubs and the Irish Rugby Supporters Club.

Ireland v New Zealand
Ireland celebrate their only ever victory over New Zealand back in 2016 at Soldier Field in Chicago
Ireland celebrate their only ever victory over New Zealand back in 2016 at Soldier Field in Chicago
Not just the game of the weekend, nor of the Autumn International series. This is the game of the year. The best two teams in the world, the most complete packages on the international stage, who have both enjoyed incredible 2018’s.

Well get over all that, because we all have to refocus and reload for another intriguing weekend of Autumn International rugby, as our home nations build on two week’s of success and positive progression.

Later in the week I’ll have my best best for the weekend, once we know the team selections, but for now let’s take an early look at how the weekend’s clashes could go.

If the World Cup was now, these are the teams you’d want in the final and this is why this one is so big. After Saturday we will really know if Ireland are the real deal for World Cup success, and the rest of the world will know whether New Zealand are vulnerable or invincible.

A ‘mixed’ Ireland pulled off a comfortable win over Italy, before labouring to victory over a fired-up, Test-hardened Argentina.

As I predicted last week, it was no surprise Joe Schmidt’s side started slowly in that one, with their rested stars taking their time to rev up to Test top gear – it turns out there is a downside to too much rest for rugby players!

Ireland v New Zealand Sky Bet odds
Ireland win: 13/8
Draw: 20/1
New Zealand win: 4/9

But they showed their fight, character, class and strength in depth to pull off a ultimately healthy 28-17 victory over Los Pumas. It showed the confidence and belief they have in each other no matter what problems they face. Like England in 2013, they know how to dig themselves out of a hole when not playing well.

Many felt the performance was a step backwards. I disagree. Ireland have cleverly managed the workload of their stars, and built up the intensity of their opponents over the last two weeks – they should be ready to peak this week.

I’m also excited to see how young lock James Ryan, so impressive against Argentina, performs against the mighty Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick.

What of the World Champions? Well, England proved two contradictory facts last week. One, there are ways to get passed, rattle, and beat New Zealand. Two, even when you find a way to win it doesn’t mean you will actually be victorious – the All Blacks always find a way.

Ireland have only ever beaten Steve Hansen’s side once in their history – in 2016 in America – they’ve never done it on Irish soil. This is their best chance to achieve that feat. So how will Ireland do it?

This will hurt Irish fans – but they have to copy the English model from that dramatic Twickenham clash. Throw everything at them early in both halves, taking as many points as possible in the opening 15 of both. Use your big men to smash the ball in close and suck their defenders in, then get the ball out wide quickly and exploit the space. Also get in their faces at the breakdown and keep the penalties down.

Injuries and a poor 2018 meant England just lacked the strength in depth, game management and confidence to see out what would have been a deserved win. Ireland have no such problems or excuses – they have everything England lacked to see that game through.

Ironically, however, Schmidt also knows the Kiwis will be that much tougher to beat now, after that close call by England. New Zealand will have worked harder to solve their vulnerabilities, the one’s Ireland will have spent the last month working on to take advantage.

But I think Hansen’s outfit are physically and mentally tiring and with a passionate Irish crowd and a more reliable goal kicker, history can be made on Saturday with a famous home nation’s win.