New Zealand vs Ireland: TV channel, bookies' prediction and everything you need to know about the World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo
Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Ireland and New Zealand will be a mouth-watering affair in Tokyo.
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Here's all you need to know about the much-awaited clash:
When is it on?
Saturday October 19. The match kicks off at 11.15am Irish time, which will be 7.15pm local time in Tokyo.
What stadium is it in?
It's in the Ajinomoto Stadium, also known as the Tokyo Stadium. Predictably, that's in Tokyo, Japan. It has a capacity of 49,970 and was built in 2001. The tournament's opening ceremony took place there and Japan's quarter-final against South Africa will also be played in the stadium.
How can I watch it?
ITV, RTÉ 2 and Eir Sport will all be broadcasting the match live, and before that, all three channels will be beaming England's eagerly-anticipated quarter-final clash with Australia (kick-off 8.15am Irish time).
If you can't get to see it, don't worry as you can also follow the action as it happens on the Belfast Telegraph's live blog.
What are the bookies' odds?
The bookies have New Zealand as 12 point favourites going into the game. It's worth pointing out that the same bookies had Ireland as 21 point favourites for their Pool A clash with Japan and we all know how that ended up so...
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History of the rivalry
Since their first encounter in November 1905 at Lansdowne Road, Ireland had tried many times to beat the famed All Blacks.
It took 111 years to banish that hoodoo as Ireland ran out 40-29 victors over New Zealand at Soldier Field, Chicago on November 5, 2016.
New Zealand gained revenge for that defeat on Irish soil only 14 days later, beating Joe Schmidt's men 21-9 at the Aviva Stadium.
With the monkey of never having beat the All Blacks off their backs, Ireland beat New Zealand again and this time on Irish soil last November, winning 16-9 in a breathless encounter at the Aviva Stadium.
In all, Ireland and New Zealand have met 31 times, with Ireland winning twice, the All Blacks claiming 28 victories and one drawn game, that 10-10 stalemate at Lansdowne Road in November 1973.
What are the teams?
Ireland: R Kearney; K Earls, G Ringrose, R Henshaw, J Stockdale; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R Best (capt), T Furlong; I Henderson, James Ryan; Peter O'Mahony, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander. Reps: N Scannell, D Kilcoyne, A Porter, T Beirne, R Ruddock, Luke McGrath, J Carbery, J Larmour.
New Zealand: B Barrett; S Reece, J Goodhue, A Lienert-Brown, G Bridge; R Mo'unga, A Smith; J Moody, C Taylor, N Laulala; B Retallick, S Whitelock; A Savea, S Cane, K Read. Reps: D Coles, O Tuungaafsi, A Ta'avao, S Barrett, M Todd, TJ Perenara, SB Williams, J Barrett.
What's been said?
Ireland captain Rory Best: "It's a short week, so you put a lot of pressure on players to do a bit more work away from the pitch. It's hard to judge where that is until you play. I think we're in a reasonably good spot. We'll get the run-out (at captain's run) and it'll be a good gauge of where we are - look, ultimately it's all about Saturday. I don't feel at the minute that we're having to play catch-up - the feeling is that boys have put in a good bit of work."
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: "Watch out for his sense of humour, he's pretty good with the one-liners. He's got his idiosyncrasies. We know them, Ireland know them, but what I like about Nigel is he's shown over the years that he's good under pressure. It's going to be a big pressure game so we wouldn't want anyone else. Just adapt and adjust."
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