Ireland vs New Zealand live stream FREE: How to watch Ireland v New Zealand online tonight
Joe Schmidt has launched a strong defence of Bundee Aki’s right and readiness to wear Ireland’s colours against his native New Zealand later this evening.
Connacht star Aki will face the All Blacks for the first time while earning his 12th cap today, when second-placed Ireland host world number-one side New Zealand in Dublin.
Speaking about Aki earlier this week, All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster quipped: “You have moulded him into an Irish man, he looks like an Irish man now doesn’t he?”
But Schmidt insists the 28-year-old, who qualifies for Ireland through residency, has long since proved his Test loyalties.
“I think Bundee has fully demonstrated his commitment through the last year,” said Schmidt.
“He made his debut against South Africa last year in this particular section of the year, and in 2016 he won (PRO12) personality of the year.
“That’s the nature of Bundee and his popularity. Everybody knows he’s going to give 100 per cent.
“It’s like asking was Jerome Kaino 100 per cent ready to play for the All Blacks, because he was born in a foreign country, or Chris Masoe, or Joe Rokocoko – or any of those guys.
“So having coached all those guys, they were very ready to play for the All Blacks. And I know that Bundee Aki is very ready to play for us in this weekend’s fixture.”
Ireland vs New Zealand – how to watch
The clash kicks off at 7pm GMT this evening.
Live coverage will be shown on RTE 2 in Ireland and on Channel 4 in the UK.
Irish fans will be able to stream the action for free via the RTE Player, which can be downloaded across a host of devices.
Free 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.”