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New Zealand vs Ireland betting preview
New Zealand have looked very good in their three matches to dateNew Zealand are looking to make to extend their unbeaten run at World Cups that stretches all the way back to 2007. They were faultless in their pool matches, winning their crucial pool game against South Africa 23-13 in the opening round. That game against the Springboks showed that the Kiwis have the explosive power to put any side, and game, to bed in a matter of minutes. Then, the All Blacks racked up two wins – a 63-0 over Canada and 71-9 over Namibia – before their game with Italy was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis.
Two-time World Rugby player of the year Beauden Barrett starts at fullback to accommodate Richie Mo’unga at ten, while Kiwi star Sonny Bill Williams will start on the bench and fellow centre Ryan Crotty misses out altogether. The All Blacks also have a fully fit Brodie Retallick back. Jack Goodhue and Anton Leinert-Brown get the nod in the centres
New Zealand Starting Line-up15. Beauden Barrett, 14. Sevu Reece, 13. Jack Goodhue, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 11. George Bridge, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 9. Aaron Smith, 1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Ardie Savea, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Kieran Read (c)
Replacements: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Ofa Tuungafasi, 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Scott Barrett, 20. Matt Todd, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Sonny Bill Williams, 23. Jordie Barrett
Ireland have two wins over the All Blacks in their last three attempts
Twelve of Saturday’s starting XV also started in the 16-9 victory against the All Blacks last November. Schmidt drafted in Robbie Henshaw to replace Bundee Aki, banned for three matches for a high tackle in their final pool game against Samoa, at inside centre. Veteran Rory Best will skipper the team from hooker, with the experienced duo of Conor Murray and World Player of the Year Johnny Sexton named at half-back. Elsewhere Peter O’Mahony and Rob Kearney have come back into the back row and back three respectively.
Ireland Starting Line-up15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 David Pocock, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt To'omua, 23 James O'Connor
New Zealand vs Ireland H2HNew Zealand have won 28 of their 31 Test meetings with Ireland (D1, L2). The only World Cup meeting occurred in 1995 when the All Blacks ran out 43 – 19 winners. Games in recent years between the two sides have been tight affairs, with no more than 12 points separating the sides in the last four encounters. Ireland have been a bogey team for the All Blacks in recent times, recording their only two victories over New Zealand in the past three contests in as many years.
6/1 New Zealand or 33/1 Ireland to win
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