Watch Ireland vs New Zealand Rugby Live Streaming Today 17-11-2018 Online Friendly Match

Watch Ireland vs New Zealand Rugby Live Streaming Today 17-11-2018 Online Friendly Match
    Watch Ireland vs New Zealand Rugby Live Streaming Today 17-11-2018 Online Friendly Match
    Watch Ireland v New Zealand Rugby Live Streaming Today 17-11-2018 Online Friendly Match, Ireland and New Zealand clash on Saturday night in a match that is being billed as the battle for world supremacy, with the two sides top of the world rankings going head-to-head at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

    Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Saturday, 17 November Kick-off: 19:00 GMT
    Coverage: Radio commentary on BBC Radio Ulster; live text and match report on BBC Sport website.
    In the world of rugby the gold standard for all the other teams is All Black.

    Grand Slam champions Ireland get a chance to test themselves against three-time World Cup winners New Zealand in Dublin on Saturday.

    Ireland have climbed to second in the world rankings under Joe Schmidt but the Kiwi-native still measures the progress of his side by their matches against his homeland.

    Ireland have only beaten New Zealand once in 30 matches since they first met in 1905, but that win came in the United States two years ago.

    "It's always an achievement to beat the All Blacks," dead-panned Schmidt.

    "That's why we limit ourselves to once every 115 years because we don't want to get carried away with things.

    "When they first turned up in 1905 they were incredibly tough to knock over and I don't think they've changed too much.

    "The depth of their experience, the number of centurions they've got - or guys with 70-80 caps - it is formidable and it would be a huge feather in these players' cap if they could topple them."

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    Saturday will be the fourth meeting between the two nations during the Schmidt era - the All Blacks lead the head-to-head 2-1 - and every minute of the previous three encounters has been burned into the memory of the Ireland coach.

    The 2016 win at Soldier Field in Chicago will be foremost in the minds of most Irish supporters this weekend but that was superseded two weeks later when the All Blacks exacted a swift and terrible revenge at the Aviva Stadium.


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    For Schmidt, the first time pitting his wits against Steve Hansen in November 2013 remains an important reference point.

    In only his third game in charge, Schmidt's Ireland raced into a 19-0 lead in Dublin and led by five points with six minutes remaining when Johnny Sexton missed a penalty and from the restart New Zealand marched up field to engineer a try for Ryan Crotty before Aaron Cruden's re-taken conversion saw the visitors snatch an agonising victory.

    The late defeat had such an impact on Schmidt and his coaching staff that it became a key part of Irish training sessions afterwards.

    "The ball went out of touch but it was thrown back in quickly so I think the ball was in play for over four minutes and 22 seconds," recalls flanker Chris Henry.

    "So every time we went to train after that we had a drill and it was intense and it was for four minutes and 22 seconds so you knew that during a match you could go full-on for that length of time, push your lungs and push your legs to the limit because you had already experienced the pressure during the week."

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