Event Details


New Zealand v Ireland


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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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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Ireland's hopes high as they head to NZ

One year on from his previous ill-fated visit, Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll appears to be upbeat about avoiding a repeat of last summer's blackwash at the hands of New Zealand.
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O'Driscoll relishes date with history

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll sees the Test series against the All Blacks as a chance to put another tick in the plus column for Irish rugby.
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O'Connell respects All Blacks pack

Leading Ireland lock Paul O'Connell has lauded the All Blacks forward pack while also expressing confidence in his own scrum before Saturday's first Test in Hamilton.
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NZ a hostile environment - Irish coach

Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan admits New Zealand is a hostile environment for touring rugby teams - but in a good way.
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