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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# All Blacks

Last year
# chasing history
Andy Farrell: ‘Oh, we 100 per cent will need to be better to beat the All Blacks’
Ireland coach expects toughest test of his tenure when Ireland arrive at Eden Park tomorrow.
# chasing history
'We genuinely believe if we can get our stuff right that we can beat whoever we play'
Ireland have yet to defeat the All Blacks on New Zealand soil but there is belief within the squad that they can do so on this tour.
# perfect ten
All Blacks name two uncapped players in match day 23 – Beauden Barrett gets nod at outhalf
Crusaders winger Leicester Fainga’anuku will make his debut on the wing with uncapped Pita Gus Sowakula named on the bench for Saturday’s test against Ireland.
# Kevin McLaughlin
Kevin McLaughlin joins us for our live preview of Ireland's New Zealand tour
The former Leinster man was part of the touring party in 2012.
# ruled out
Another blow for the All Blacks with Will Jordan latest to be hit by Covid
The Kiwis have now recorded six positive tests within their group.
# the joe show
'Faz is coming as the former student but I think Joe is still King Kong'
Joe Schmidt will coach against his former assistant, Andy Farrell, this weekend in Auckland.
# Inside track
Joe Schmidt has joined the All Blacks coaching team ahead of Ireland clash
The former Ireland boss will be part of the Kiwi set-up for the three-Test series.
# decisions
Picking the Ireland teams for the midweek Māori game and first Test
Andy Farrell has some big calls to confirm next week in New Zealand.
# Worry
All Black star Whitelock could miss Ireland Tests
He missed the Crusaders’ semi-final victory over the Waikato Chiefs with what was termed then as a ‘thumb injury’.
# tests
Discarded All Blacks scrum-half Perenara to show omission was mistake against Ireland
TJ Perenara has been named in the Maori squad for two matches against Ireland.
# NZ
All Blacks drop Perenara, have revenge in mind against Ireland
New Zealand coach Ian Foster remained largely loyal to the squad which ended 2021 with emphatic losses to Ireland and France on their northern hemisphere tour.
# rugby weekly extra
Join us for a special All Blacks v Ireland preview night in Dublin
The Rugby Weekly crew will get together – in person — to look ahead to the summer tour.
# Bolstering the squad
Ulster sign former All Black tighthead prop Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
The 31-year-old is joining on a one-year deal from Wasps.
# All Blacks
'You can just see he has everything... His top-end speed is frightening'
The latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly Extra asked how the All Blacks are shaping up for Ireland’s visit.
# All Blacks
Which uncapped players should Ireland bring to New Zealand?
There were lots of exciting young players discussed on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra podcast today.
# Rivalry
Details for Ireland's three-Test tour of New Zealand finally confirmed
Andy Farrell is expected to bring a big squad with two further games still to be announced.
# New Role
Wayne Smith to coach New Zealand women following damning review
The former All Blacks coach will head a new coaching structure through to the World Cup in October-November.
# Vastly experienced
Former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith brought in by Black Ferns
The World Cup-winning coach will help New Zealand prepare for this year’s World Cup on home soil.
# Tour On
Ireland look to 'perfect opportunity' of New Zealand tour after sealing Triple Crown
Johnny Sexton believes Ireland have great potential with the 2023 World Cup in view.
Former All Black and Samoa player Va'aiga Tuigamala dies aged 52
Affectionately known as ‘Inga the winger,’ Tuigamala played in both the rugby union and rugby league.
All time
# like a fine wine
Experienced World Cup-winning prop to stay with All Blacks until 2024
Joe Moody, a 57-Test forward, signed a contract extension on Friday.
# Staying Put
All Blacks star Ardie Savea signs new deal with New Zealand and Hurricanes
The 28-year-old has dismissed talk of a switch to rugby league by committing to New Zealand for another four years.
# sayonara
All Black McKenzie joins Suntory Sungoliath in Japan
McKenzie follows in the footsteps of fellow All Black Beauden Barrett who had a six-month sabbatical with Sungoliath last season.
# Sacre Bleu
All Blacks coach Foster under pressure after back-to-back defeats
‘World rugby has a new global order, and right now the All Blacks are on the outside looking in.’
# The42 Rugby Weekly
A special day at the Aviva, Remorseless Rassie, and farewell to Ciara Griffin
Bernard Jackman, Gavan Casey, and Murray Kinsella bask in the warm afterglow of Ireland’s big win.
# Analysis
Lowe's tackle, Ringrose and Conway's save, and Gibson-Park's rescues
Some of Ireland’s big defensive plays against the All Blacks will live long in the memory.
# Update
Carty called up by Ireland after Sexton ruled out for up to six weeks
Gavin Coombes has re-joined the Ireland squad after his recent illness.
# mental skills
Farrell credits Gary Keegan for improving mental side of Ireland's game
The renowned high-performance specialist started working with Farrell’s squad last year.
# rematch
Bring on Ireland's three-Test tour of New Zealand next summer
Ireland have never beaten the All Blacks on New Zealand soil.
# moving up
Ireland move up to third in world rankings after beating the All Blacks
New Zealand will relinquish their spot at the top of the rankings to South Africa.
# Ireland
Being here was like being a kid on Christmas Day - unwrapping one present after the next
Ireland’s 29-20 win was superb – but they need to keep their feet on the ground if they hope to banish their World Cup ghosts in two-years-time.
# gracious
‘We are lucky to play all around the world - Dublin is a special place to play’
New Zealand captain Sam Whitelock praises the Aviva crowd but coach Ian Foster complains about key refereeing decision.
# consistency
'The pleasing thing is we can be better' - Ireland boss Andy Farrell
Farrell and his captain, Johnny Sexton, are determined that Ireland will keep improving.
# Thriller
Farrell's brilliant Ireland power to thrilling victory over the All Blacks in Dublin
It’s just the third senior men’s Irish win over New Zealand in history.
# my kind of town
'It was as if we held the spear and shield up and shoved it right into their faces'
Five years on from Ireland’s historic win over the All Blacks in Chicago, the team’s psychologist talks about the mental game-plan that led to glory.
# Next Level
New ground for Farrell's Ireland against world number one All Blacks
Ireland beat the Kiwis the last time they visited and it will take a huge performance again today.
# Results
Ireland given the all-clear for All Blacks clash after Covid scare in camp
Andy Farrell’s matchday 23 will line out as named yesterday.
# All Blacks
'Every time we meet the Irish, it is a tough, brutal game - the rivalry is there'
Ardie Savea is expecting Ireland to provide the hardest game yet of New Zealand’s tour.
# William Hill
Can Andy Farrell's new faces match the All Blacks? Talking points ahead of Ireland-New Zealand
The Aviva Stadium hosts a highly-anticipated Test on Saturday afternoon.
# locks
Farrell feels Henderson 'better suited' to All Blacks as Beirne benched
Jamison Gibson-Park retains his spot at scrum-half after impressing against Japan.