Ireland vs New Zealand

Ireland vs New Zealand live New Zealand face Ireland in the second quarter-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. New Zealand topped Pool B beating South Africa, Canada and Namibia before their final game was cancelled against Italy. Ireland came second in Pool A. They beat Scotland, Russia and Samoa but lost to hosts Japan.

When is the match?
Today – Saturday October 19.

What time is kick-off?
11.15am BST in Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo.

What TV channel is it on?
This one is on ITV. You can also follow this game right here with Telegraph Sport.

Follow the full TV schedule for every match.

What is the latest squad news?
New Zealand
The All Blacks are expected to be at full-strength to face Ireland. Steve Hansen is likely to continue with Richie Mo’unga starting at fly-half with Beauden Barrett continuing at fullback.

New Zealand face a selection dilemma in the centres with Ryan Crotty, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue and Sonny Bill Williams all impressing in the World Cup so far.

Ireland are expected to have a fully fit squad to select from. Jonny Sexton and Joey Carbery both seem to have overcome niggling injuries. Robbie Henshaw played for over an hour against Samoa while Rob Kearney and Rhys Ruddock will be back in contention to play.

However a cloud hangs over the Ireland squad due to the red card handed out to Bundee Aki in the Samoa game. Aki is expected to be banned for a number of matches at a hearing on Monday but Ireland have decided to fly in a specialist lawyer to Japan to help with Aki’s case.

What are they saying?
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen was pleased to avoid playing Japan:

“People have said, ‘Who do you want to play?'”

“Well, they’re the in-form team, I’m quite happy they’re on the other side of the draw.

“The best part is we know who we’re playing. They’re [Ireland] a quality side, they’ve been No. 1 this year.

“The last three results are ‘loss, win, loss’ so there won’t be any complacency in our camp. It’s pretty exciting; we’re right where we want to be.”

Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong on how to beat the All Blacks:

“You can’t switch off, at all. So it’s just working really hard and staying switched on mentally because they can make something out of nothing with some of the players they have.

“I suppose there’s an element of just being physical.

“It’s the same any rugby game you play but as a front five forward, it’s all about being as physical as you can and hopefully coming out on top.”

What is the head-to-head record of both sides?
New Zealand and Ireland have played each other on 31 occasions with the All Blacks winning 28 of them. Ireland have one two games with one draw back in 1973.

However recent history is more favourable to Ireland. Their only two victories over New Zealand have come in the last three matches against them giving Ireland a superior record since 2016.

Ireland vs All Blacks

While the All Blacks don’t want to be packing their bags at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday, at least they’ll do it themselves. The New Zealand rugby side have long had a policy of handling their own baggage duties and that’s continued in Japan – earning themselves some admirers.

While I’ll be rooting for Ireland on Saturday to beat these guys, I do think the picture speaks volumes,” wrote Dr Tim Rice of Ashford University in the US on his Twitter account.

“I do think the picture speaks volumes,” said Rice, who is a sport and performance psychology expert. “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.”

“Humbleness and teamwork, a brutal combination,” an Instagram user commented.

The All Blacks meet Ireland in their World Cup quarterfinal in Tokyo at 11.15pm on Saturday (NZ time).

Sevu Reece’s inclusion in the All Blacks shows the measures they will go to to win the Rugby World Cup, says an Irish rugby writer.

Ruaidhri O’Connor wrote in the Irish Independent on the eve of the quarterfinal against Ireland in Tokyo that the Ireland Rugby Football Union didn’t want the controversial winger, who played for Connacht in Ireland before having his contract torn up after Reece was given a discharge without conviction for assaulting his girlfriend last year.

While the IRFU felt that Reece’s actions did not fall into line with their values, the All Blacks do not appear to have had such concerns,” O’Connor wrote.

“Reece is undeniably a superb player, but the decision to pick him ahead of established players like Rieko Ioane and Ben Smith appears to be at odds with the All Blacks’ famed culture.”

Like I said before. I’m here now, I can’t dwell too much on what-ifs. It’s just sort of, for me, moving forward, about how I carry myself and contribute to the team on Saturday.”

O’Connor wrote that the decision to include him in the All Blacks set-up after a stunning Super Rugby season with the Crusaders shows the lengths coach Steve Hansen is willing to go to as he looks to sustain the All Blacks’ place on top of the world: “that he is willing to risk the team’s reputation as being cultural leaders to select a player with such a record”.

​O’Connor said the IRFU had no regrets over pulling the plug on Reece, who could have qualified to play for Ireland after five seasons.

“For us, it was the right decision,” chief executive Philip Browne said in July. “For Connacht, it was the right decision and for the IRFU. At the end of the day, we have values and you either stand by your values or you don’t.”

Ireland vs New Zealand

Ireland vs New Zealand: The biggest hurdle in Irish rugby looms large as Joe Schmidt’s side prepare for a quarter-final clash against the best team in the world. For those wondering what time is Ireland vs New Zealand, the news is positive. Here are all the details on where to watch Ireland vs New Zealand as well as team news for both teams.

What Time Is Ireland vs New Zealand?
It is the second of Saturday’s quarter-finals. England vs Australia kicks things off at 8.15am. Ireland follow that at 11.15am.

What is on the line?
A place in the semi-final against the winners of the England vs Australia tie.

Where to watch Ireland vs New Zealand?
You are spoilt for choice! The game is live on Eir Sport, RTE Two and ITV

Team News
Ireland: Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (capt), Tadhg Furlong; Iain Henderson, James Ryan; Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander. Reps: N Scannell, D Kilcoyne, A Porter, T Beirne, R Ruddock, Luke McGrath, J Carbery, J Larmour.

New Zealand: Beadun Barrett; Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Bridge; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala; Brodie Retallick, Samuel Whitelock; Ardie Savea, Sam Cane, Kieran Read. Reps: D Coles, O Tuungaafsi, A Ta’avao, S Barrett, M Todd, TJ Perenara, SB Williams, J Barrett.

It is the old reliable for Ireland versus a reinvigorated, young All Blacks side.

So a reminder on where to watch Ireland vs New Zealand and what time it kicks off – the game is live on RTE Two, Eir Sport and ITV. There is no early morning start with the action starting at 11.15am. You can listen to our full preview of the match on this week’s rugby podcast here.

New Zealand vs Ireland

New Zealand vs Ireland Live Stream Ireland’s shock defeat to Japan placed them on a path they would never have wanted. Their runners-up status in Pool A has lead them to an unenviable 2019 Rugby World Cup face-off with heavy pre-tournament favourites, the All Blacks. And you can watch the action as it happens -from basicaly anywhere in the world – with our New Zealand vs Ireland live stream guide.

The All Blacks have been in imperious form in the Pool stages of the tournament, and look in good shape to win their third title on the trot.

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has been somewhat ruthless with his team selection, with the experienced Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty both missing out of the match-day VX. In comes the in-from Anton Lienert-Brown, while lock Brodie Retallick has been deemed fit enough to start.

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side will feel like they are due a big performance and know that the seemingly invincible All Blacks do have a vulnerability when faced with their rush defence.

It’s likely to be the tie of the round, and you won’t need to miss a moment of the action no matter where you are on Earth, by following our Rugby World Cup New Zealand vs Ireland live stream guide below.


Saturday 19 October, Tokyo Stadium, Chofu, 11.15am (Irish time)


Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 10.30am


Live commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 with Michael Corcoran.


Live coverage on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 8am. (England v Australia being broadcast live beforehand)


There is up to an 80% chance of rain throughout the day, possibly even thunderstorms. There could be a high of 24°C and a low of 16°C. The rain should ease off into the evening, with cloud cover predicted and high humidity.

Ireland’s moment to deliver arrives

“I wouldn’t often speak in black and white terms over what success looks like, but we know the only way that we can be successful is to get past that quarter-final.”

Those were Joe Schmidt’s words at the beginning of the tournament and now that quarter-final date looms.

At the outset of the competition, and especially once Scotland were disposed of, many would have imagined it would be South Africa lining up opposite Ireland this weekend.

The impudent hosts intervened with their energetic running game and derailed that particular train. So, it’s the reigning champions New Zealand with whom Schmidt’s team must dance tomorrow.

The Ireland coach insists it’s much of a muchness anyway. South Africa won the Rugby Championship this year and are hitting their stride perfectly in time for this World Cup.

While New Zealand – and this is the sort of statement which can only be made very tentatively – may not quite as intimidating as in recent World Cups. Though still formidable, needless to say.

Jamie Heaslip said last week that this game is a meeting between statistically the world’s best attacking team (New Zealand) and the world’s best defensive team (Ireland).

In Micíl Glennon’s preview, he pointed to Ireland’s stunning defensive performance in last November’s victory over the All Blacks.

“Andy Farrell’s defence succeeded in keeping the visitors to two penalties and a dropgoal, all from Beauden Barrett, 11 months ago and delivered a masterclass in discipline.

“They conceded only 11 turnovers and five penalties, to New Zealand’s 17 and 11. The set-piece stood firm and although the Webb Ellis holders broke through on occasion the desire to scramble (164 tackles) and deny their opponents was key to the victory.

“On only one occasion in 104 Tests under Hansen has his team been kept to single digits. That was the game.

The 25-year old has studied under the tutelage of Ronan O’Gara at the Canterbury outfit, and has noted warmly of the Munster legend – “ROG has been awesome. He’s still very hard to understand, so I take very little from our conversations.”

Striking a positive note on the RTÉ Rugby podcast, Eddie O’Sullivan suggested that Ireland could have the edge in the kicking game, with the inexperienced Mo’unga making just his eighth start for New Zealand on Saturday.

“Richie Mo’unga has not a great kicking game. He’s not as astute at exploiting (the space) in the backfield. That’s good for us. Especially, if it’s wet.

“It’s another weakness. It’s hard to believe we’re talking about All Black weaknesses. But they don’t have a really front-line, high percentage place kicker. Mo’unga seems to be the one they go to more often when both of them are on the field. He seems a bit more reliable. But neither of them are lock steady.

“When you compare them to Sexton, if it comes down to a drop goal or a late penalty in a one-score game, that gives us an edge there. If you comes to that, I’d back us to win that sort of a battle in terms of the goal-kickers shooting it out.”


Ireland: Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Gary Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong; Iain Henderson, James Ryan; Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Andrew Porter, Tadhg Beirne, Rhys Ruddock, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett; Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Bridge; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Ardie Savea; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.

Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Sonny Bill Williams, Jordie Barrett

Ireland vs New Zealand

Ireland vs New Zealand live Stream Ireland had planned to meet New Zealand at the World Cup this year—but not in Tokyo, and not so soon. In Irish minds, the two teams would cross paths in Yokohama on November 2 with the Rugby World Cup at stake.

Instead, Ireland’s defeat against Japan in its second group game condemned it to second place in Pool A and a showdown against the All Blacks on Saturday.

Considering Ireland has never won a knockout game at the World Cup and that New Zealand’s last defeat in the tournament dates all the way back to the 2007 quarterfinals, Ireland’s chances of reaching the semifinals for the first time look rather slim.

Conversely, however, Ireland can take solace in the fact that it has defeated the All Blacks in two of their last three meetings.

That is something Joe Schmidt will in all likelihood try to draw on, even though the Ireland coach has admitted his side no longer has the benefit of a surprise factor against the All Blacks.

Ireland prop Cian Healy, however, suggested his team had something up its sleeve for the weekend.

“We have some new stuff that we have not done before,” he was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

“We have beaten them a couple of times in the last few years but this is a World Cup quarter-final. It is different.”

What Ireland certainly does have is the benefit of is the best defensive record at the World Cup. The Irish have conceded just two tries, have missed fewer tackles of any of the 20 teams in the tournament and so far have the best tackle percentage.

That record will be sorely tested against a New Zealand team that has scored 267 tries in 49 Tests over the last four years, 22 of which came in three pool games—the match against Italy was canceled because of Typhoon Hagibis.

The last time New Zealand failed to score a try was when it lost 16-9 to Ireland in Dublin in November last year. A year is a long time in international rugby, particularly when there is a World Cup semifinal spot at stake.

“We were beaten by a good team last November, but that was a different time, a different place,” said Ian Foster, the All Blacks attacking coach.

“Is it relevant? We don’t get stuck in the past: it is more about the excitement of the challenges in front of us. This is a week we have been preparing for a long time. It is where you really test yourself.

For Schmidt, meanwhile, the best way to look forward is to give a nod at the past, with each of the 15 starters having featured in the wins over the All Blacks either in 2016 or last year.

The New Zealander has recalled Rob Kearney, Garry Ringrose and Peter O’Mahony into the starting XV, with the impressive Jordan Larmour missing out.

“You weigh up the experiences, previous performances against other opposition,” Schmidt, who will step down as Ireland coach at the end of the tournament, said in his press conference.

“You can’t guarantee you’ve got any decision right until the game is completed.”

Ireland, however, will be without Bundee Aki, who was ruled for the remainder of the tournament after being sent off in the final Pool C game against Samoa.

Schmidt’s counterpart Steve Hansen, meanwhile, has opted for a relatively inexperienced back division. That, however, is more indicative of the embarrassment of riches at his disposal than of the New Zealand coach rolling the dice.