New Zealand face Eire within the second quarter-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand topped Pool B beating South Africa, Canada and Namibia earlier than their remaining sport was cancelled in opposition to Italy. Eire got here second in Pool A. They beat Scotland, Russia and Samoa however misplaced to hosts Japan.
When is the match?
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 too can comply with this sport proper right here with Telegraph Sport.
What’s the newest squad information?
The All Blacks are anticipated to be at full-strength to face Eire. Steve Hansen is more likely to proceed with Richie Mo’unga beginning at fly-half with Beauden Barrett persevering with at fullback.
New Zealand face a range dilemma within the centres with Ryan Crotty, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue and Sonny Invoice Williams all impressing within the World Cup thus far.
Eire are anticipated to have a completely match squad to pick out from. Jonny Sexton and Joey Carbery each appear to have overcome niggling accidents. Robbie Henshaw performed for over an hour in opposition to Samoa whereas Rob Kearney and Rhys Ruddock will probably be again in competition to play.
However a cloud hangs over the Eire squad because of the pink card handed out to Bundee Aki within the Samoa sport. Aki is anticipated to be banned for plenty of matches at a listening to on Monday however Eire have determined to fly in a specialist lawyer to Japan to assist with Aki’s case.
What are they saying?
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen was happy to keep away from taking part in Japan:
“People have said, ‘Who do you want to play?'”
“Properly, they’re the in-form workforce, I am fairly completely happy they’re on the opposite aspect of the draw.
“The perfect half is we all know who we’re taking part in. They’re [Ireland] a top quality aspect, they have been No. 1 this 12 months.
“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 the best way to beat the All Blacks:
“You possibly can’t swap off, in any respect. So it is simply working actually arduous and staying switched on mentally as a result of they will make one thing out of nothing with a number of the gamers they’ve.
“I suppose there’s a component of simply being bodily.
“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’s the head-to-head file of each side?
New Zealand and Eire have performed one another on 31 events with the All Blacks profitable 28 of them. Eire have one two video games with one draw again in 1973.
However current historical past is extra beneficial to Eire. Their solely two victories over New Zealand have come within the final three matches in opposition to them giving Eire a superior file since 2016.
What are the betting odds?
- New Zealand to win: 2/11
- Eire to win: 15/four
- Draw: 28/1
What’s our prediction?
The All Blacks have regarded the most effective aspect on the Rugby World Cup and are anticipated to beat Eire. The Irish aspect had been wonderful in opposition to Scotland however had been undone by Japan. Regardless of getting the higher of New Zealand in current instances, the All Blacks will make much less errors than Eire and be medical in taking their probabilities. New Zealand to win.
Prediction: New Zealand 26 Eire 15