All Blacks vs Ireland live stream: How to watch summer tour online and on TV today

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Ireland begin their fascinating three-match Test series against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday morning (8.05am UK time).

The three-time world champion All Blacks haven’t lost at Eden Park since way back in 1994 and the venue has become renowned as something of a fortress. Yet the Irish are riding a wave of confidence and have won three of the last five fixtures between the sides since ending a 111-year drought with an historic victory in Chicago in 2016.

Andy Farrell’s men are among the top teams in the world following a Six Nations that saw their only defeat come to Grand Slam champions France and although beating the All Blacks in New Zealand is one thing they’re yet to achieve, this summer appears to give them their best chance in a long time.

A chastening defeat to the Maori All Blacks in midweek won’t have helped their cause, although that was a much-changed Ireland team, and they may be more concerned by the fact that their former coach Joe Schmidt – a New Zealand native – has been drafted into the All Blacks coaching set-up at short notice to cover Covid absentees, giving the hosts an insight into exactly what their opponents are about.

Here’s all you need to know about the first Test:

When is New Zealand vs Ireland?

The first Test will be played at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday 2 July at 8.05am BST.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event – with coverage starting at 7.30am. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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What is the team news?

Ireland have opted for ten of the starting XV that bested the All Blacks for the third time in their history back in November. Meanwhile, Keith Earls is the only member of the starting line-up that was defeated by the Maori All Blacks in midweek to retain his place. Johnny Sexton captains the side from fly-half, while Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose are preferred in the centers to Bundee Aki and Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier and Caelan Doris form the back row as Jack Conan is a replacement.

Crusaders wing Leicester Fainga’anuku will make his All Blacks debut and Chiefs back-rower Pita Gus Sowakula could do likewise from the bench. New Zealand’s preparations for this first Test have been disrupted by several coaches and players testing positive for Covid but they have named an experienced side – including three Barrett brothers in the starting XV: Beauden gets the nod at fly-half ahead of Richie Mo’unga , Scott is named at blindside flanker and Jordie is at full-back.

Ireland: 15. Hugo Keenan, 14. Keith Earls, 13. Garry Ringrose, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. James Lowe, 10. Johnny Sexton (C), 9. Jamison Gibson Park; 1. Andrew Porter, 2. Dan Sheehan, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Tadhg Beirne, 5. James Ryan, 6. Peter O’Mahony, 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Caelan Doris

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Replacements: 16. Dave Heffernan, 17. Finlay Bealham, 18. Cian Healy, 19. Kieran Treadwell, 20. Jack Conan, 21. Conor Murray, 22. Joey Carbery, 23. Bundee Aki

New Zealand: 15. Jordie Barrett; 14. Sevu Reece, 13. Rieko Ioane, 12. Quinn Tupaea, 11. Leicester Fainga’anuku; 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Aaron Smith; 1. George Bower, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. Scott Barrett, 7. Sam Cane (C), 8. Ardie Savea.

Replacements: 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Pita Gus Sowakula, 20. Dalton Papalii, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Richie Mo’unga, 23. Braydon Ennor.

odds

New Zealand win – 1/4

Draw – 33/1

Ireland win – 9/2

prediction

At a neutral version, or on Irish soil, Ireland might well be favorites against the All Blacks but their Eden Park record is so formidable, it’s hard to predict anything other than a New Zealand victory. Ireland may well get their first win over the All Blacks in New Zealand during this series but it’s unlikely to be in this first Test. New Zealand 32-24 Ireland

Full TV schedule for summer tours

Saturday, July 2

New Zealand vs Ireland – live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30am (kick-off at 8:05am)

Australia vs England – live on Sky Sports Action from 10:15am (kick-off at 10:55am)

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

Argentina vs Scotland – live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30pm (kick-off at 8:10pm)

Saturday, July 9

New Zealand vs Ireland – live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30am (kick-off at 8:05am)

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Australia vs England – live on Sky Sports Action from 10:15am (kick-off at 10:55am)

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

Argentina vs Scotland – live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30pm (kick-off at 8:10pm)

Tuesday, July 12

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland – live on Sky Sports Action from 8am (kick off is at 8.05am)

Saturday, July 16

New Zealand vs Ireland – live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30am (kick-off at 8:05am)

Australia vs England – live on Sky Sports Action from 10:15am (kick-off at 10:55am)

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

Argentina vs Scotland – live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30pm (kick-off at 8:10pm)

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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