Ireland seek to beat All Blacks – radio & text

Live ReportingBy Becky GreyAll times stated are UKPosted at 18:3918:39Sexton v BarrettIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)Tommy BoweFormer Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live Rugby Union WeeklyJohnny Sexton has been nominated for World Rugby Player
of the Year. He’s won the Pro14 with Leinster, he’s won the European Cup, won
the Grand Slam with Ireland. If Ireland can beat the All Blacks with him up
against Beauden Barrett, that puts him into pole position for World Rugby
Player of the Year.I think he deserves it, but Johnny Sexton up against Beauden
Barrett will be something to behold.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 18:3718:37How to follow the matchIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)BBC Radio UlsterIf my updates aren’t enough for you, radio coverage of the game is available at the top of this page.There’s a stellar line-up of Gavin Andrews, Jim Neilly, Tony Ward, Andrew Trimble AND Darren
Cave covering the game live from the Aviva Stadium on BBC Radio Ulster.Posted at 18:3618:36’The levels are always higher’Ireland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)The injured Sonny Bill Williams has been talking about Aki on Channel 4: “I played with Bundee back in New Zealand before he moved over, we’re proud of him, he came over here and the stuff he’s achieved is phenomenal. I wish him luck but not too much, it’ll be a quality match up between him and Ryan Crotty.”I’m really disappointed not to be a part of this game, I know Crotty will do the job tonight though.”It’s no secret both teams rely heavily on the tens. They’re the
playmakers and the go-to men. Tonight will be no different, both can open up
space for their backs and it’ll be good to see.”If you ask the Ireland players about their intensity in training for this they’ll say the
same, the levels are always higher for
this game and I’m looking forward to it as much as the supporters.”Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 18:3418:34’We’ll just leave this here’Ireland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)Facing the haka today will be particularly strange for Bundee Aki, who was born and raised in New Zealand. Ireland’s Twitter account has made it quite clear who’s side he’ll be on today though.Posted at 18:3318:33Slenderest of marginsIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)Cian MurtaghBBC Sport NI at Aviva StadiumFamously, New Zealand have dominated this
fixture but Ireland’s first victory of the All Blacks in Chicago two years ago
was an indicator of how the difference between the two teams has shrunk since
Joe Schmidt took charge.In the five years since the Kiwi-native
became Ireland head coach these two nations have met three times. The All
Blacks lead the head-to-head 2-1 but the points differential is only +1 in favour of
the three-time World Cup winners.Posted at 18:3118:31Victory in Dublin ‘on a whole different level’Ireland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)Tommy BoweFormer Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live Rugby Union WeeklyThis would be a bigger win than Chicago. Chicago was
incredible, it got the monkey off the back after 111 years of trying to beat
the All Blacks.Now we have beaten them, we’ve shown that we can, but to
beat them at home will be on a whole different level.Posted at 18:2918:29Ireland seeking another historic winIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)The best memories for those in green surely come from Chicago. It took Ireland 111 years to claim their first win over
New Zealand, beating the All Blacks 40-29 on a historic day in November 2016.Thirteen Irish players in today’s match-day 23 know how it
feels to defeat one of the greatest sides in sport, but victory on home soil
would surely be even more special for Joe Schmidt’s side. Emotions ran high for Ireland two years ago as they faced
the haka in the shape of a number eight in memory of former international Anthony
Foley, who died suddenly the month before.Ireland scored five tries and saw off an inevitable late
fightback at Soldier Field that day, before falling to a 21-9 defeat in Dublin two weeks
later.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 18:2718:27Post updateIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)It seems today’s game has got everyone nostalgic. Ireland international Simon Zebo and All Black Israel Dagg have been reliving some of their best moments.Instagram: @izzy_daggCopyright: Instagram: @izzy_daggPosted at 18:2418:24Post updateIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)Ireland are on a winning run in their autumn internationals,
having beaten Italy 54-7 in Chicago and Argentina 28-17 at the Aviva last
weekend.They’ll welcome the USA to Dublin next weekend, but world
champions New Zealand are obviously their biggest challenge.The All Blacks may have looked shaky before they came back
to defeat England 16-15 last weekend, but they’ve also enjoyed a successful autumn
– beating Australia 37-20 and Japan 69-31.Posted at 18:2318:23Never trust a Hansen hunchIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)Like Cian said, New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen predicted that Conor Murray would be back for today’s game, saying last week, “I believe Murray will play. I just think he’ll play.”Well I won’t be asking Hansen for lottery tips any time soon. It turns out he was wrong, but it will be interesting to see
who steps up to fill Murray’s shoes at scrum-half.Luke McGrath started Ireland’s win over Italy in Chicago on 3
November, while Kieran Marmion was handed the nine shirt against Argentina and
starts again today.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 18:2118:21Enough of the shadow boxing alreadyIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)Cian MurtaghBBC Sport NI at Aviva StadiumIt has been an unseasonably mild afternoon
in Dublin and fans have spilled out from the various hostelries around the
Aviva Stadium to talk tactics.It’s hard to shift the feeling that both
teams have been eyeing up this fixture for months now.Steve Hansen has been talking about Ireland
since the end of the Rugby Championship and even took time out from his
preparation for the England game at Twickenham to speculate over Conor Murray’s
fitness.Schmidt split his squad for the autumn
series in order to keep his first-choice players fresh for this game and the
Ireland coach even departed from his routine by delaying his flight to Chicago
for the Italy game in order to stay behind and work on his game plan for today.BBC SportCopyright: BBC SportColours on sale as the Aviva Stadium looms in the distance in DublinImage caption: Colours on sale as the Aviva Stadium looms in the distance in DublinPosted at 18:1918:19New Zealand team newsIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)New Zealand have made just one change to the side that beat England last weekend.Ryan Crotty comes in for the injured Sonny Bill Williams at inside centre, with Anton Lienert-Brown getting a spot on the bench.Crotty forms part of a fearsome backline with head coach Steve Hansen again opting to start two playmakers – Beauden Barrett and Damian McKenzie.New Zealand: Damian McKenzie; Ben Smith, Jack
Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Karl Tu’inukuafe, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks; Sam Whitelock Brodie Retallick, Liam Squire; Ardie Savea, Kieran Read
Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ
Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Anton Lienert-BrownBBC SportCopyright: BBC SportPosted at 18:1818:18Ireland team newsIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)Ireland have struggled with injuries ahead of this one, with back row Sean O’Brien unavailable due to a broken arm and his replacement Dan Leavy ruled out yesterday due to “full body soreness”.Josh van
der Flier steps up to fill the void in the back row, with Jordi Murphy taking the spare spot on the bench.Rob Kearney replaces Jordan Larmour and Garry Ringrose comes in for Will Addison in the absence of
centre Robbie Henshaw.In the second row, Devin Toner starts ahead of Iain Henderson in an attempt
to resolve Ireland’s line-out woes.Ireland: Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Garry
Ringrose, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Kieran Marmion; Cian Healy,
Rory Best (capt), Tadhg Furlong; Devin Toner, James Ryan; Peter O’Mahony, Josh
van der Flier, CJ Stander.Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew
Porter, Iain Henderson, Jordi Murphy, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Jordan
Larmour.BBC SportCopyright: BBC SportPosted at 18:1618:16Post updateIreland v New Zealand (19:00 GMT)Here we go. It’s the big one. World
number two v world number one.Hope I haven’t hyped this up too much…Welcome to live coverage of Ireland v New Zealand.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty Images
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