Rugby New Zealand v Ireland: All You Need To Know

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VENUE

Saturday 19 October, Tokyo Stadium, Chofu, 11.15am (Irish time)

ONLINE

Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App from 10.30am

RADIO

Live commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 with Michael Corcoran. 

TV

Live coverage on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 8am. (England v Australia being broadcast live beforehand)

WEATHER

There is up to an 80% chance of rain throughout the day, possibly even thunderstorms. There could be a high of 24°C and a low of 16°C. The rain should ease off into the evening, with cloud cover predicted and high humidity. 

Ireland’s moment to deliver arrives

“I wouldn’t often speak in black and white terms over what success looks like, but we know the only way that we can be successful is to get past that quarter-final.”

Those were Joe Schmidt’s words at the beginning of the tournament and now that quarter-final date looms.

At the outset of the competition, and especially once Scotland were disposed of, many would have imagined it would be South Africa lining up opposite Ireland this weekend. 

The impudent hosts intervened with their energetic running game and derailed that particular train. So, it’s the reigning champions New Zealand with whom Schmidt’s team must dance tomorrow. 

The Ireland coach insists it’s much of a muchness anyway. South Africa won the Rugby Championship this year and are hitting their stride perfectly in time for this World Cup. 

While New Zealand – and this is the sort of statement which can only be made very tentatively – may not quite as intimidating as in recent World Cups. Though still formidable, needless to say. 

Jamie Heaslip said last week that this game is a meeting between statistically the world’s best attacking team (New Zealand) and the world’s best defensive team (Ireland). 

In Micíl Glennon’s preview, he pointed to Ireland’s stunning defensive performance in last November’s victory over the All Blacks. 

“Andy Farrell’s defence succeeded in keeping the visitors to two penalties and a dropgoal, all from Beauden Barrett, 11 months ago and delivered a masterclass in discipline. 

“They conceded only 11 turnovers and five penalties, to New Zealand’s 17 and 11. The set-piece stood firm and although the Webb Ellis holders broke through on occasion the desire to scramble (164 tackles) and deny their opponents was key to the victory. 

“On only one occasion in 104 Tests under Hansen has his team been kept to single digits. That was the game.”

‘If we play like we did in any of the pool games, we aren’t going to win but I think they have more in the tank’ – The panel look ahead to quarter-final #IREvSAM pic.twitter.com/M9z4mcuHig

— RTÉ Rugby (@RTErugby) October 12,

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