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Beating Ireland would give All Blacks the morale boost they’re desperate for

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New Zealand coach Ian Foster

New Zealand coach Ian Foster

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New Zealand coach Ian Foster

With Ireland touching down in New Zealand for a three-game series that marks the beginning of the sprint towards next year’s World Cup, and indeed head coach Andy Farrell stating that the trip encompasses a tougher schedule than any World Cup, the importance of this tour to the visitors is clear.

But, as they prepare to welcome Ireland to their shores for a first time since 2012, is this perhaps the first time such a fixture will hold greater importance to the hosts?


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