Ian Foster's side lose the series 2-1 following defeat in Wellington
New Zealand Squad for Ireland Series 2022
The All Blacks suffered back-to-back home defeats for the first time in more than 20 years as Ireland secured an epic series win in New Zealand.
Ireland led 22-3 at the break thanks to three well-worked tries as the hosts looked bereft of ideas in attack and were caught out in defence.
They hit back early in the second half with an Ardie Savea try, and further scores from Akira Ioane and Will Jordan narrowed the gap to just three points going into the final quarter.
However, the Irish scored a fourth try through Rob Herring and were then able to withstand the pressure the All Blacks put on. They closed out a 32-22 win in Wellington and thus took the series 2-1.
Question marks will surely now be asked of the All Blacks players and management.
New Zealand team to play Ireland – Saturday 16 July
Jordie Barrett; Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, Sevu Reece; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; George Bower, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Akira Ioane, Sam Cane (captain), Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Dane Coles, Karl Tuinukuafe, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Tupou Vaa’i, Dalton Papalii, Folau Fakatava, Richie Mo’unga, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
Second Test – New Zealand 12-23 Ireland
The All Blacks lost 23-12 in Dunedin as Ireland secured an historic win in New Zealand and this three-Test series will now be decided in Wellington next weekend.
This was Ireland’s first-ever win over the All Blacks on New Zealand soil and the hosts will rue their own errors and ill-discipline.
They were trailing 10-0 after 12 minutes following an early Andrew Porter try and five points from the boot of Johnny Sexton. And then they saw three of their players shown cards.
Leicester Fainga’anuku and Ofa Tu’ungafasi were both sin-binned for a dangerous tackle and off-the-ball tackle respectively. Then Angus Ta’avao was red-carded for a head-on-head hit on Garry Ringrose.
Still, New Zealand trailed only 10-7 at half-time after Beauden Barrett scored under the posts before the break.
In the second half, though, Ireland dominated for large periods, with Porter scoring a second try early on. New Zealand did cross again in the 78th minute through Will Jordan but they were unable to overhaul the deficit and Ireland closed out a famous win.
New Zealand team to play Ireland – Saturday 9 July
Jordie Barrett; Sevu Reece, Rieko Ioane, Quinn Tupaea, Leicester Fainga’anuku; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; George Bower, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett, Dalton Papalii, Sam Cane (captain), Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Aidan Ross, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Pita Gus Sowakula, Folau Fakatava, Richie Mo’unga, Will Jordan.
First Test – New Zealand 42-19 Ireland
New Zealand showed their ruthlessness in beating Ireland 42-19 in the opening match of their three-Test series.
An Ardie Savea double coupled with tries from Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Quinn Tupaea and Pita Gus Sowakula ensured the All Blacks took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Ireland had started well, with Keith Earls scoring a try within ten minutes, but a blitz of three tries in ten minutes at the end of the first half put the hosts in control at Eden Park.
The Irish scored tries at the start and end of the second half through Garry Ringrose and Bundee Aki, but the final whistle ultimately brought a comfortable win for the All Blacks.
New Zealand team to play Ireland – Saturday 2 July
Jordie Barrett; Sevu Reece, Rieko Ioane, Quinn Tupaea, Leicester Fainga’anuku; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; George Bower, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Sam Cane (captain), Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Angus Ta’avao, Pita Gus Sowakula, Dalton Papalii, Finlay Christie, Richie Mo’unga, Braydon Ennor.
New Zealand Squad for Ireland Series 2022
Ian Foster has included six uncapped players in his 36-man squad for New Zealand’s three-Test series against Ireland in July.
Prop Aidan Ross, back-rower Pita Gus Sowakula, scrum-half Folau Fakatava, fly-half Stephen Perofeta, centre Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and wing Leicester Fainga’anuku are the half-dozen new faces included in the squad.
Sam Cane has been named All Blacks captain for the series, which features Tests in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington. However, there is no room for experienced half-backs TJ Perenara and Brad Weber or Crusaders wing George Bridge.
Joe Moody, Anton Lienert-Brown and Ethan Blackadder have also been ruled out by injury while Damian McKenzie and Patrick Tuipulotu are currently considered ineligible for selection after stints in Japan.
Foster said: “This will be the biggest home series since the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour for the All Blacks. There are massive expectations all round and it will be immensely competitive.”
Scott Barrett (Crusaders)
George Bower (Crusaders)
Sam Cane (Chiefs)
Dane Coles (Hurricanes)
Akira Ioane (Blues)
Nepo Laulala (Blues)
Josh Lord (Chiefs)
Dalton Papalii (Blues)
Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)
Aidan Ross (Chiefs)
Ardie Savea (Hurricanes)
Hoskins Sotutu (Blues)
Pita Gus Sowakula (Chiefs)
Angus Ta’avao (Chiefs)
Codie Taylor (Crusaders)
Samisoni Taukei’aho (Chiefs)
Karl Tu’inukuafe (Blues)
Tupou Vaa’i (Chiefs)
Ofa Tuungafasi (Blues)
Sam Whitelock (Crusaders)
Beauden Barrett (Blues)
Jordie Barrett (Hurricanes)
Finlay Christie (Blues)
Caleb Clarke (Blues)
Leicester Fainga’anuku (Crusaders)
Folau Fakatava (Highlanders)
Jack Goodhue (Crusaders)
David Havili (Crusaders)
Rieko Ioane (Blues)
Will Jordan (Crusaders)
Richie Mo’unga (Crusaders)
Stephen Perofeta (Blues)
Sevu Reece (Crusaders)
Aaron Smith (Highlanders)
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Blues)
Quinn Tupaea (Chiefs)
New Zealand Fixtures July 2022
Sat 2 July, New Zealand 42-19 Ireland
Sat 9 July, New Zealand 12-23 Ireland
Sat 16 July, New Zealand 22-32 Ireland
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