Ireland vs New Zealand on TV: What channel is Ireland vs New Zealand on today?
Josh van der Flier will start for Ireland against New Zealand in Dublin today after loose-forward Dan Leavy was ruled out with injury.
Van der Flier was initially named as a replacement and his spot on the bench will be taken by Jordi Murphy for the crunch clash between the top two ranked sides in the world.
Leinster flank Leavy did not train on Thursday, but was named in the side by coach Joe Schmidt.
He also failed to take part in the captain’s run yesterday and has now been withdrawn with his coach suggesting earlier in the week that the 24-year-old was “stiff and sore”.
“He’s just been sore from the week before. Full-body soreness. Nothing too specific,” Schmidt said.
“As a result he didn’t sleep overly well, which is another warning sign for us that if we push him too hard he would fall under that fatigue and not be better.”
Ireland vs New Zealand team news
Ireland XV: 15. R Kearney, 14. K Earls, 13. G Ringrose, 12. B Aki, 11. J Stockdale, 10. J Sexton, 9. K Marmion; 1. C Healy, 2. R Best, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. D Toner, 5. J Ryan, 6. P O’Mahony, 7. D Leavy, 8. CJ Stander
Replacements: 16. S Cronin, 17. J McGrath, 18. A Porter, 19. I Henderson, 20. J van der Flier, 21. L McGrath, 22. J Carbery, 23. J Larmour.
New Zealand XV: 15. D McKenzie, 14. B Smith, 13. J Goodhue, 12. R Crotty, 11. R Ioane, 10. B Barrett, 9. A Smith; 1. K Tu’inukuafe, 2. C Taylor, 3. O Franks, 4. B Retallick, 5. S Whitelock, 6. L Squire, 7. A Savea, 8. K Read
Replacements: 16. D Coles, 17. O Tuungafasi, 18. N Laulala, 19. S Barrett, 20. M Todd, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. R Mo’unga, 23. A Lienert-Brown.
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 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.”