Event Details


New Zealand v Ireland

FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

7:35 PM


Murphy hopes NZ fans have cheered up

Irish fullback Geordan Murphy is confident his team will receive a warmer reception from the New Zealand public than he experienced on last year's Lions tour.
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Selectors see merit in twin flyers

After years of hinting at its potential, the All Blacks coaches have finally combined the snaffling talents of Richie McCaw and Marty Holah.
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McCaw confident in twin prongs

New Zealand's twin-pronged flanker approach by captain Richie McCaw and Marty Holah, for the first Test against Ireland, is not a new concept.
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Dermody has earned his place

New Test prop Clarke Dermody has the thumbs up from Highlanders teammate and All Blacks strongman Carl Hayman.
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All Blacks quick out of the blocks

Ireland have never beaten New Zealand at rugby but just as daunting for the tourists ahead of Saturday's clash is the All Blacks' recent dominating record in the first Test of the year.
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Dermody confident ahead of debut

Clarke Dermody hopes the bulldozing displays of the Highlanders scrum will continue into the Test rugby arena when he packs down for the first time with the All Blacks in Hamilton tomorrow night.
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McCaw admits there are some nerves

There's a new haka leader and a new captain making new calls but all seemed well in the All Blacks world "post-Tana" ahead of the first Test against Ireland tomorrow night.
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All Blacks hold off Irish assault

Ireland provided some worrying moments for 70 minutes of the first Test but the All Blacks finally triumphed to win 34-23 at Hamilton's Waikato Stadium.
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Injured Williams in doubt for Irish test

Lock Ali Williams had a peripheral role in the All Blacks' first practice session of the year today, raising questions over his availability for the first Test against Ireland next week.
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Lessons of loss but none of the pain

The All Blacks were given all the lessons that usually come with defeat but not the pain of it in their 34-23 win over Ireland in Hamilton on Saturday.
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