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Ireland set to face world champion All Blacks

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New Zealand perform the Haka.

It has been announced today that Ireland will welcome New Zealand to the Aviva Stadium next year as the sides prepare for the 2019 World Cup.


Joe Schmidt’s side were able to make history last year in Chicago after claiming victory over the back-to-back World Cup winner.

Following Ireland’s three test win in the Guinness Series this weekend, Schmidt, speaking to the Irish Independent, said, “You never know the Tier 2 (team) until later but I think it is Argentina and New Zealand.

“We are very conscious of looking after the provinces as well. Wales playing next week (against South Africa) – the week before Europe – I think it makes it very tough for their regional teams leading into Europe.

“It is a little bit of a compromise I suppose.”

While there is no official word yet, Schmidt said that he was open to an add-on fixture, possibly abroad.

He said: “At this stage (it is just three games). Again, we’ll always get asked for a fourth game.

“We haven’t had a formal request from anyone yet but if there is one, as we got for the match in Chicago, then we’d consider it if it comes up and we’d try and stay in touch with the provincial coaches and see if we can make it work.”


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Turlough 4 hours ago
Jean de Villiers' three word response to 'best in the world' debate

This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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