Ireland vs New Zealand kick-off time: What time does the match start today? How to watch?
World champions New Zealand must put on their best performance of the year if they are to beat Ireland in a meeting between rugby’s two top-ranked teams in Dublin today, captain Kieran Read has said.
The All Blacks suffered their first ever loss to the Irish two years ago, 40-29 in Chicago, before taking revenge with a 21-9 victory in Dublin two weeks later.
“We’re going to need the best performance of our season, the way the Irish have been playing,” Read said.
“I know we have to prepare as well as we can physically. Physicality and intensity wins test matches. We’re going to be right up in that area.
“It’s all about prepping the boys as best we can and getting us in the right space. I feel we’re in a pretty good space right now mentally, and physically we’re in the best shape we can be as well.”
Meanwhile, Ireland’s Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt still measures the progress of his side by their matches against his homeland.
He said: “When they first turned up in 1905 they were incredibly tough to knock over and I don’t think they’ve changed too much.
“The depth of their experience, the number of centurions they’ve got – or guys with 70-80 caps – it is formidable and it would be a huge feather in these players’ cap if they could topple them.”
What time does Ireland vs New Zealand kick-off?
The clash kicks off at 7pm GMT this evening.
What TV channel is Ireland vs New Zealand on?
The match will be shown live on RTE 2 in Ireland and on Channel 4 in the UK.
Can I live stream Ireland vs New Zealand?
Irish fans will be able to stream the action via the RTE Player, which can be downloaded across a host of devices.
Live streaming throughout the UK is available on Channel 4’s website and through their official app.
Ireland vs New Zealand latest odds
Betfair spokesperson Katie Baylis said: “England gave the world champions a huge scare last weekend, but Ireland, as world number two pose an even bigger threat and there are plenty of Kiwis, of which I am one of them, who are more than a little nervous about tonight’s clash.
“However the All Blacks are still odds-on favourites at 2/5 for the win, with Ireland at 12/5.
“If Ireland can get up for just their second ever victory over New Zealand then you would expect it wouldn’t be by a lot and we’ve boosted a victory for the home side by 1-10 points to 7/2 from 11/4.
“The All Blacks are giving away seven points on the handicap at odds of 11/10 and as they showed last week they are still the masters of the comeback and we have the visitors to be behind at half-time but to go on to win at 5/1 from 9/2.”