Kieran Read: We're going to need our best performance of the season against Ireland

Kieran Read has challenged New Zealand to hit new heights in order to beat Ireland in Dublin.

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Plenty to fear from new Zealand but Ireland should be sniffing blood

Crunch time for Ireland has finally arrived. The date that has been circled on the calendar for the best part of a year is upon us and Joe Schmidt’s squad ...

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Schmidt expects a spiky, physical battle

Joe Schmidt would have been foolish not to factor the expected high-intensity physicality between his Ireland side and the All Blacks tomorrow into his preparations ...

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Ireland V All Blacks: Three contests to set the tone

Ahead of Saturday's showdown between the top two teams in the world, Simon Lewis takes a look at three key match-ups to look out for.

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New Zealand's Damian McKenzie is slight of stature, but big on ability

There’s a levity to the All Black players midweek that you rarely see at Carton House.

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Goodhue looks to fill midfield holes for Blacks

Skirt through the many articles devoted to the raft of All Black retirements after the 2015 World Cup and odds are that the photos alongside them carry the photogenic ...

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'It was terrifying': Aoife McDermott on leaving basketball for rugby

Despite still being in the infancy of her international rugby career, towering lock Aoife McDermott is ready to assume greater responsibility with Ireland.

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Why Steve Hansen is bestowing quasi-World Cup final status on this one

There was a time, not so long ago in fact, when the thought of losing to Ireland wasn’t so bad for an All Blacks fan.

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Devin ready to set the tone against New Zealand's twin peaks

For Devin Toner, nothing underlines the perception that Ireland are tonight facing the ultimate test in world rugby than a lineout battle with All Blacks record-breakers ...

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There are many ways to beat New Zealand...

There are certain truths deemed absolute when it comes to beating the All Blacks. There are also myths and downright lies.

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Gloucester on song to see off Leicester

Tigers tamed at Kingsholm.

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RFU reeling as chief executive Steve Brown announces he will step down

Brown will leave after only 16 months in the role having replaced Ian Ritchie in September 2017.

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The major talking points ahead of Ireland’s clash with New Zealand in Dublin

The All Blacks are ranked number one in the world rankings with Joe Schmidt’s side second.

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Josh van der Flier set for Ireland start as Leavy out of New Zealand clash

Josh van der Flier has been promoted to Ireland’s starting line-up for Saturday’s clash with New Zealand after Dan Leavy was forced to withdraw from ...

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Dan Leavy ruled out of Ireland's test match against New Zealand

Dan Leavy has been ruled out of Ireland's November test against New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow.

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Marmion warns All Blacks not to target Ireland team-mate Aki

The tourists have singled out the New Zealand-born centre ahead of the meting between the two sides in Dublin.

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Aki relishing chance to hit back at NZ critics, says Marmion

Bundee Aki’s place in a Test opposition dressing room has come under fire in the New Zealand media this week but Connacht and Ireland team-mate Kieran Marmion ...

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Ronan O'Gara: All Blacks thrive in the most challenging mental circumstances imaginable

Ronan O'Gara admits that playing the All Blacks down the years was often like 'facing monsters with four legs and four arms'.

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Joe Schmidt: Ireland's clash with All Blacks 'likely to be fairly manic'

Joe Schmidt predicted a spiky and manic contest with the All Blacks this Saturday after naming his Ireland side to face the world champions in Dublin.

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Ireland boss Schmidt defends Aki’s commitment

The Connacht powerhouse Aki will face the All Blacks for the first time.

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Steve Hansen: Joe Schmidt has worked around Irish limitations

Steve Hansen has turned up the temperature for Saturday's hotly-anticipated clash between Ireland and New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium by suggesting that Joe Schmidt ...

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Schmidt makes four changes to Ireland team for New Zealand showdown

13 of those who start for Saturday's clash also started when Ireland claimed the Grand Slam against England last March.

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I’m proud of Bundee Aki’s progress, says Tana Umaga

There is nothing unusual about the situation in which Bundee Aki will find himself on Saturday as he lines up for Ireland against New Zealand, the country of his ...

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Tadhg Furlong’s moods swung by lost scrums and cake

Tadhg Furlong. Loves Black Forest gateau, hates losing scrums.

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Jamie Heaslip: Joe Schmidt will leave ‘stamp’ on Ireland future

Will he stay or will he go? Jamie Heaslip almost shrugged at the question.

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Beibhinn Parsons set to break record

Ireland Women’s head coach Adam Griggs has heaped praise on Ballinasloe teenager Beibhinn Parsons ahead of her expected international bow on Sunday.

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Ryan Tubridy's brother played a part in Ireland v New Zealand back in 1989

They say the sixteenth man can make the difference in rugby - and that was quite literally the case for Ireland when they took on the mighty All Blacks in 1989.

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Umaga reveals pride at Aki transformation from bank teller to Ireland centre

The former All Blacks captain coaxed Aki into giving rugby another try in 2011.

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Andy Farrell aware New Zealand represent ultimate test

Andy Farrell has beaten the All Blacks with three different teams but even from that unique perspective, he is unwavering in his assessment that the world champions ...

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Steven McMahon taking flight in Carcassonne

As he left Munster Academy in the summer of 2017, Steven McMahon set himself a clear rugby goal — to return to the club that deemed him surplus to requirements. ...

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Beauden Barrett cautious of Irish threat

It’s an experience that Ireland would rather bury under the mountain of days and weeks that have built up since but Beauden Barrett was more than happy to ...

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Ian Foster reckons Bundee Aki now ‘plays the Irish way’

So much for Steve Hansen’s “Irish trick” then.

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Call for mandatory headgear in rugby

Scientists have called for mandatory headgear to be introduced in rugby after a study found it can almost halve the force on players’ heads.

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Keith Earls won’t big up Black peril

It is remarkable to think there are still some things that represent a fresh challenge to an Ireland player set to win his 72nd cap this weekend, but for Keith Earls, ...

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Jacob Stockdale: All Blacks ‘just a team’

Like many mad-keen young rugby players, Jacob Stockdale grew up playing Jonah Lomu Rugby on his games console and idolising the All Blacks.

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Eddie Jones: Referees’ meetings a waste of time

Eddie Jones is considering boycotting future World Rugby meetings for coaches and referees after declaring them a “waste of time”.

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Andy Farrell insists New Zealand still the world’s best even if Ireland win

New Zealand will retain the world number-one ranking even if number two side Ireland win in Dublin.

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Andy Farrell happy as Joe Schmidt's assistant amid succession links

Andy Farrell has insisted he is happy being an assistant to Joe Schmidt, despite appearing to get an endorsement to succeed his boss as Ireland head coach should ...

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'When you do lose in an All Black jersey it's never nice. We can draw from those experiences'

Beauden Barrett doesn't tend to lose too many games in a black jersey so the reversals stick in the mind.

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Eddie O'Sullivan warns Ireland over 'whistle happy' ref Barnes

His comments follow Ireland vice-captain Johnny Sexton saying the national team has "come on the wrong side of Wayne Barnes in the past".

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Scotland star Stuart Hogg to join Exeter next season

The 26-year-old is Exeter's first new signing ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.

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Brian O’Driscoll and Tana Umaga bury hatchet over tackle on 2005 Lions tour

The All Blacks star and team-mate Keven Mealamu were criticised over the incident which left the former Ireland captain with a dislocated shoulder.

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Ireland must earn All Blacks’ respect again but Sexton wary of ref Barnes

Chicago, November 2016 will forever be seared into the minds of Irish rugby supporters, for obvious reasons. The place and time of a first victory over New Zealand ...

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Brian O’Driscoll and Tana Umaga write the final chapter of Speargate

For 13 years, Brian O’Driscoll and Tana Umaga have each been fielding questions on “that tackle” for an audience fascinated by the events of the ...

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‘We’re doing everything in our power for Chicago not to happen again’

First impression in Blanchardstown yesterday was that the All Blacks were just flat out trolling their hosts.

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Ryan Crotty pays tribute to ‘awesome’ Ronan O’Gara

All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty has hailed the impact made by Ronan O’Gara in his debut season as Crusaders assistant coach.

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£14-a-day amateurs face England’s £25,000 Test stars

Jamie Joseph has revealed Japan’s “amateurs” receive less than £14 (€16) a day on tour and will face England on Saturday hunting nothing ...

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Crotty back to the scene where he broke Irish hearts

Ryan Crotty knows what his name means to folks in these parts.

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