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Get ready for a rugby showdown of epic proportions as Ireland and New Zealand prepare for a quarter-final clash.
It is a game all rugby enthusiasts would be looking forward to. The match will take place at Stade de France, Paris, on Saturday, 14 October Kick-off: 19:00 GMT. You can stream the game on any of the sports channels.
Ireland vs New Zealand team lineups and news
The upcoming match between Ireland and New Zealand will be a clash of the titans. The Irish team is in fine form; they secured wins against Tonga, South Africa, and Scotland in the Group stage and look so dangerous on the field.
History is also on their side, as the Wolfhounds have won five out of their last eight games. But this is Rugby, and nothing is impossible.
Team news: Ireland
Coach Andy Farrell would be impressed by his team’s performance against Scotland. Iain Henderson looked solid on his return to the starting lineup, and Mack Hansen overcame a mild injury and played startling against the Scotts. The players would be ready for another showdown. The line remains unchanged.
15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Mack Hansen, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Johnny Sexton (c), 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Caelan Doris, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Dan Sheehan, 1 Andrew Porter
Bench: 16 Ronan Kelleher, 17 David Kilcoyne, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 James Ryan, 20 Jack Conan, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Jack Crowley, 23 Stuart McCloskey.
— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) October 13, 2023
Team News: New Zealand
Head coach Ian Foster would be counting on his wonder kid, Leicester Fainga’anuku, to perform some magic. The lad was very instrumental in the victory over Uruguay. Tyrel Lomax is back in the squad after rapidly recovering from a mild knee injury. Also, Ethan de Groot is back from suspension, and Mr. Foster will make no haste to introduce him into the starting lineup. Technically, the All blacks are set for tomorrow’s encounter. It promises to be a showdown!
News Zealand predicted lineup
1 Ethan de Groot, 2 Codie Taylor, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 4 Brodie Retallick, 5 Scott Barrett, 6 Shannon Frizell, 7 Sam Cane ©, 8 Ardie Savea, 9 Aaron Smith, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 11 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 12 Jordie Barrett, 13 Rieko Ioane, 14 Will Jordan, 15 Beauden Barrett
Bench: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Tamaiti Williams, 18 Fletcher Newell, 19 Samuel Whitelock, 20 Dalton Papali’i, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 8, 2023
Leicester Fainga’anuku: Can Ireland hold him?
Leicester Fainga’anuku looks threatening on the field. The lad has scored four tries in two games (Rugby World Cup 2023). Surely, he is a player the Wolfhounds should worry about. How can the Irish team stop him? We’d have to wait until Saturday at the buzzing Stade de France, 19:00 GMT. This promises to be an exciting game.
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