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Ireland react after being awarded a penalty during the Autumn International match at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture date: Saturday November 13, 2021.

Ireland react after being awarded a penalty during the Autumn International match at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture date: Saturday November 13, 2021.

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Ireland react after being awarded a penalty during the Autumn International match at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture date: Saturday November 13, 2021.

Ireland take on the All Blacks in the first Test of their New Zealand tour this weekend but look set to be without Ulster stalwart James Hume.

Saturday’s fixture comes on the back of a damaging first match of the summer tour when the side were well beaten by Maori All Blacks 32-17.

Worse still, Ireland suffered a series of injuries with Cian Healy leaving the pitch on a cart with what looked like a knee problem.

It followed Jimmy O'Brien and Hume being removed from the game injured and the Ulster man’s colleague Iain Henderson who was ruled out of the tour last week before a ball had even been kicked.

Where and when is it on?

Saturday's match takes place at Eden Park in Auckland with an 8.05am kick-off time for viewers here.

Team news

Andy Farrell has recalled his front-liners for this game. Farrell has made 14 changes from the side who were beaten in the opening night tour defeat to the Maori All Blacks, with Keith Earls the only survivor.

In a major surprise, Cian Healy has been deemed fit enough to be named on the bench. The veteran loosehead needed a medical cart to remove him from the field in Hamilton on Wednesday after he appeared to suffer a nasty injury.

Ireland – H Keenan; K Earls G Ringrose, R Henshaw, J Lowe; J Sexton (capt), J Gibson-Park; A Porter, D Sheehan, T Furlong; T Beirne, J Ryan; P O'Mahony, J van der Flier, C Doris.

Reps: D Heffernan, F Bealham, C Healy, K Treadwell, J Conan, C Murray, J Carbery, B Aki.

New Zealand - J Barrett; S Reece, R Ioane, Q Tupaea, L Fainga’anuku; B Barrett, A Smith; G Bower, C Taylor, O Tu’ungafasi, B Retallick, S Whitelock, S Barrett, S Cane (capt), A Savea.

Reps: Si Taukei’aho, K Tu’inukuafe, A Ta’avao, P G Sowakula, D Papalii, F Christie, R Mo’unga, B Ennor.

What is Ireland’s record against the All Blacks like?

Since first meeting on 25 November 1905, when New Zealand won 15-0, it was mainly one way traffic for 111 years with the All Blacks winning 27 games with a solitary draw in 1973 all Ireland had to show for their efforts. That finally changed in 2016 with a famous victory at Soldier's Field in Chicago, and Ireland have added another two wins since, including last autumn's 29-20 win at the Aviva.

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New Zealand - 29 wins

Ireland - 3 wins

Draws - 1

Where can I watch the match?

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action with coverage starting at 7.30am. It will also be streamed on the Sky Go app.


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