New Zealand-born Bundee Aki has been named to captain Ireland in their opening tour match against the Maori All Blacks.
John Kirwan started a heated debate when he said that New Zealand are going into the upcoming three-Test series on home soil against Ireland as ‘underdogs’.
New Zealand’s preparations for the first Test against Ireland were thrown into disarray on Monday after head coach Ian Foster, two of his assistants and two players were forced to withdraw from training after testing positive for coronavirus.
New Zealand’s attempts to rattle Ireland before the first Test may backfire, with the tourists’ coach Andy Farrell saying his side have been made stronger by “backhanded compliments”.
Former rugby league international Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was named on Monday among six uncapped players in the New Zealand squad to prepare for next month’s three-Test series against Ireland.
South African-raised Scotland prop Pierre Schoeman has reportedly been used by Spain as evidence of inconsistency in World Rugby’s eligibility regulations as part of their appeal against their exclusion from the 2023 World Cup.
The Blitzboks produced another excellent second-half comeback to claim a vital win over Ireland and continue their solid start to the London Sevens on Saturday.
Ireland will play two midweek matches against the Maori All Blacks on their mid-year rugby tour of New Zealand, it has been announced, creating an intense fixture list of five games in the space of 18 days.
The Springboks will kick off their outgoing tour against Ireland in Dublin on 5 November, the IRFU have confirmed.
Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien on Friday revealed he will retire at the end of the season.