New Zealand vs Ireland

New Zealand vs Ireland : Ireland face the unenviable task of trying to end New Zealand’s 12-year unbeaten run at Rugby World Cups when they meet in Tokyo for a place in the last four on Saturday.

The All Blacks, looking to win their third successive title, last lost a World Cup match in the quarter-final of the 2007 tournament, against France.

Ireland, meanwhile, have never reached the semi-finals of a World Cup, having fallen at this stage on no fewer than six occasions.

The reigning champions finished top of Pool B despite having their final game called off by Typhoon Hagibis, largely thanks to an impressive opening weekend win over South Africa.

New Zealand vs Ireland

​2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final

​Venue: Tokyo Stadium

​Date: Saturday, 19 October, 2019

​Kick-off: 11.15am BST

Joe Schmidt’s side had to settle for second place in Pool A after a surprise defeat to hosts Japan.

Team news and line-ups

Ireland have made three changes to the team that thrashed Samoa, with Rob Kearney replacing Jordan Larmour at full-back.

Robbie Henshaw steps inside to 12 as Garry Ringrose starts at outside centre, with Bundee Aki suspended for three weeks after his red card in Fukuoka.

Peter O’Mahony is preferred to Tadhg Beirne at flanker as Schmidt opts for experience, while Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton become Ireland’s most-capped half-back pairing.

Rob Kearney holding a football ball: (REUTERS)© Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited (REUTERS)
Ireland XV: Kearney; Earls, Ringrose, Henshaw, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best (c), Furlong; Henderson, Ryan; O’Mahony, Van der Flier, Stander

Replacements: Scannell, Kilcoyne, Porter, Beirne, Ruddock, L McGrath, Carbery, Larmour

New Zealand

TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
​The match will be televised live on ITV1 and ITV1 HD with build-up starting at 10:45am.

​TV license payers can also stream the match online via the ITV website and the ITV Hub.

You can also follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.

Head to Head record and history (h2h)
New Zealand have won 28 of the 31 meetings between the two sides, including their only previous World Cup clash, in 1995.

Ireland finally ended their 111-year wait for a win over the All Blacks with a famous triumph at Chicago’s Soldier Field in 2016, and also won the most recent meeting, in Dublin last year

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