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