Ireland will challenge the All Blacks in the second test of this weekend’s New Zealand tour. That’s all you need to know about the match.
When and where is it turned on?
The match on Saturday will take place at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin at 8:05 am with a kick-off in Ireland time.
What is the team news?
Johnny Sexton was sick after being sent off for a head injury 31 minutes after his first test defeat on 42-19 last weekend, but since then he has had no problems with the HIA (Head Injury Protocol). Passed through.
Sexton failed HIA1. This means that medical personnel could not confirm or clear that a shocking incident had occurred to him. However, after that, he passed HIA2 and HIA3, so his concussion could not be confirmed, so he was free to train at Auckland’s rain-soaked North Harbor Stadium on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, veteran rock Sam Whitelock was excluded, and the All Blacks were hit hard before the second test.
White Rock suffers from a delayed concussion and the rest of the series is questionable.
New Zealand has also been hit by another Covid mess as Tupou Vaa’i is the latest test-positive player. So the All Blacks could be the third test this weekend without two locks.
What to read and listen to on Independent.ie?
There are already a lot of pre-match buildups.
Cian Tracey is there to witness the defeat of the opening test and gives his view here as well as former Irish internationals Tony Ward, Mick Galwey, Dan Leavy and Bernard Jackman.
Other than the results, the controversy over the HIA issue continues after Sexton’s injury, and Brendan Fanning’s concerns are re-outlined below.
Irish Independent rugby correspondent Rúaidhrí O’Connor and Cian Tracey joined Sinéad Kissane on a left-wing live to discuss their first test. You can catch up with it here. We will also deliver a completely new episode later in the week.
What is Ireland’s record for the All Blacks?
Since the first meeting on November 25, 1905, when New Zealand won 15-0, it has been a one-way street for primarily 111 years, with the All Blacks winning 27 games in a single draw in 1973 and all Ireland. I had to show that effort.
It finally changed in 2016 with the famous victory at Chicago’s Soldiersfield, and Ireland added two more victories, including a 29-20 victory at Aviva last fall before Saturday’s defeat.
New Zealand-30 wins
Where can I watch the match?
The game will be shown live at the Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action and will air from 7:30 am. It will also be streamed in the SkyGo app.
What are the odds?
The All Blacks are very popular at 1/8, Ireland at 11/2 and the draw is 25/1.
What’s the latest from the camp?
“Personally, I’m not sure what the breakdown is. Last year, I was penalized for poaching fun, so now I’m there for 20 seconds and hold the ball. It’s like having to get out, otherwise you won’t get the ball. “
Tadhg Beirne was confused by the referee on Saturday’s defeat and explains why.