Ireland’s five-game tour of New Zealand against the All Blacks and Maori All Blacks: How to watch live on Sky Sports | Rugby Union News


Johnny Sexton will captain Ireland as they tour New Zealand, live on Sky Sports

Andy Farrell will be looking to lead Ireland to a first-ever victory over the All Blacks on New Zealand soil this summer, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

The tour is Ireland’s first since a 2-1 series win over the Wallabies in Australia in 2018, and their first in New Zealand since 2012 as they seek to make history.

“It’s the start of our Rugby World Cup campaign and it will be a fantastic challenge for our group to face five massive tests over the three weeks,” said head coach Andy Farrell.

“We will learn so much about the players and the squad as a whole as we face five incredibly difficult matches away from the comforts of home and on pitches where the home support will vastly outnumber the away Irish supporters.”

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell will look to lead his side to history in New Zealand

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell will look to lead his side to history in New Zealand

When are the Ireland matches?

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland in Hamilton – Wednesday, June 29 – live on Sky Sports Action from 8am

New Zealand v Ireland in Auckland – Saturday July 2 – live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30 a.m.

New Zealand v Ireland in Dunedin – Saturday 9th July – live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30 a.m.

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland in Wellington – Tuesday July 12 – live on Sky Sports Action from 8am

New Zealand vs Ireland in Wellington – Saturday July 16 – live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30 a.m.

Who is in the Ireland team?

Ireland have named five unselected players in an extended 40-man squad for their summer tour of New Zealand.

Leinster’s trio Ciaran Frawley (centre), Joe McCarthy (second row) and Jimmy O’Brien (winger), Munster’s Jeremy Loughman (free head prop) and Connacht’s Cian Prendergast (back row) make up the uncapped selections, with the team led by 36-year-old Johnny Sexton.

Injuries mean Leinster hooker Ronan Kelleher (shoulder), Munster wing Andrew Conway (knee) – key men in Ireland’s successful 2021 Autumn Series and 2022 Six Nations – are missing, all such as Ulster wing Robert Baloucoune (hip), Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne (neck) and Munster center Chris Farrell (hip).

Back (18): Bundee Aki, Harry Byrne, Joey Carbery, Craig Casey, Keith Earls, Ciaran Frawley, Jamison Gibson-Park, Mack Hansen, Robbie Henshaw, James Hume, Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, James Lowe, Michael Lowry, Conor Murray, Jimmy O’ Brien, Garry Ringrose, Johnny Sexton (c).

Forwards (22): Ryan Baird, Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Gavin Coombes, Caelan Doris, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Dave Heffernan, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Jeremy Loughman, Joe McCarthy, Peter O’Mahony, Tom O’Toole, Andrew Porter, Cian Prendergast, James Ryan, Dan Sheehan, Nick Timoney, Kieran Treadwell, Josh van der Flier.

What happened the last time Ireland visited New Zealand?

When Ireland last toured New Zealand in 2012, they had yet to beat the All Blacks anywhere.

A 3-0 series loss came, including an agonizing 22-19 last-gasp loss in the Second Test after a Dan Carter drop-goal with the clock in the red.

Since then, Ireland have beaten the All Blacks three times: November 2016 in Chicago, November 2018 in Dublin and, most recently, November 2021 in Dublin – the last meeting between the pair.

The All Blacks will be out for revenge, while Ireland will be looking to create more history.

July Rugby Shield on Sky Sports

As well as showing Ireland in New Zealand this summer, sky sports will show England’s three-Test tour of Australia, Wales’ three-Test tour of South Africa and Scotland’s three-Test tour of Argentina.

WednesdayJune 29

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland – Live Sky Sports Action from 8 a.m. (kick-off at 8:05 a.m.)

Saturday July 2

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live Sky Sports Action from 7:30 a.m. (kick-off at 8:05 a.m.)

Australia vs England – Live Sky Sports Action from 10.15 a.m. (kick-off at 10.55 a.m.)

South Africa vs Wales – live Sky Sports Action from 3:30 p.m. (kick-off at 4:05 p.m.)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live Sky Sports Action from 7:30 p.m. (kick-off at 8:10 p.m.)

Saturday July 9

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live Sky Sports Action from 7:30 a.m. (kick-off at 8:05 a.m.)

Australia vs England – Live Sky Sports Action from 10.15 a.m. (kick-off at 10.55 a.m.)

South Africa vs Wales – live Sky Sports Action from 3:30 p.m. (kick-off at 4:05 p.m.)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live Sky Sports Action from 7:30 p.m. (kick-off at 8:10 p.m.)

tuesday july 12

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland – Live Sky Sports Action from 8 a.m. (kick-off at 8:05 a.m.)

Saturday July 16

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live Sky Sports Action from 7:30 a.m. (kick-off at 8:05 a.m.)

Australia vs England – Live Sky Sports Action from 10.15 a.m. (kick-off at 10.55 a.m.)

South Africa vs Wales – live Sky Sports Action from 3:30 p.m. (kick-off at 4:05 p.m.)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live Sky Sports Action from 7:30 p.m. (kick-off at 8:10 p.m.)




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