Ireland host New Zealand at Aviva Stadium in Dublin as Autumn Internationals continue.
Andy Farrell’s men are in great shape producing a dazzling rugby brand that knocked Japan down 60-5 last weekend.
While the All Blacks are also approaching at full speed, setting world records for most attempts (96) and points (675) scored in a calendar year after Italy was destroyed, Wales and the United States have also stayed away in recent weeks to recover perfectly from the narrow defeat against South Africa on the Gold Coast.
This is a rematch of the 2019 World Cup quarter-finals in which New Zealand inflicted a devastating defeat on the Irish that ended the Joe Schmidt era. But with Farrell at the helm, Johnny Sexton has welcomed encouraging signs of a new rugby brand: “We’ve always had the license for it, but when teams show a different picture, they can’t always do it. This is how the game developed on Saturday. We would like to do that all the time and have just presented the pictures to ourselves and we read them quite well and executed them from the back. “
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