Irish rugby may be on the up but it's not at the point where the All Blacks will set their alarm clocks to catch a Six Nations game.

It's not easy keeping up with events on the other side of the world, especially when you have a 13-hour time difference to take into account.

But even the Grand Slam showdown with England, and Leinster's Champions Cup glory couldn't persuade at least two of New Zealand's finest, who are in line to face Ireland on Saturday, to arise from their slumber.

We need your consent to load this SoundCloud contentWe use SoundCloud to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

"I've got two kids, mate, so I need all the sleep I can get," joked hooker Dane Coles when asked if he had seen much or any of the Six Nations. 

"Because the [kids] are up quite early, I used to chuck on the odd [game].

"In New Zealand you have to pay for the rugby channel, that's where they play all the Six Nations and I'm not paying for that.

"They've actually started to play some of the games on Sky Sports and I actually watched a few just while the kids are demanding breakfast, I'd flick it on and have a look.

"I think it's created a bit more interest in it now."

Ryan Crotty, centrally involved in some of the most recent Ireland-New Zealand games, as a last-minute try-scorer in the 2013 loss at the Aviva and on the All Blacks team that lost in Chicago, was similarly inclined when it came to his early morning TV habits.

Instead, he says, he gets most of his info from former Ireland out-half Ronan O'Gara, now a coach with Crotty's club.

"We've got an Irish coach at the Crusaders so he tells me everything so I don't need to watch too much," he said, half-joking.

Did you get up for the Champions Cup final?

"I caught the replays, social media is pretty good these days.

"There are clips of [current Leinster and ex-Chiefs back] James Lowe scoring all over his Instagram so you can kind of keep up with it through that.

"I think they are doing some great things, some trends in the game that I think the northern hemisphere [teams] are doing really well.

"It's exciting to see them coming along so well, it's testament to the coaching and the quality of players they have."

Hesitant when asked where the motivation to beat Ireland will come from, Crotty later replied to a query about whether it will be important to win in order to silence O'Gara.

"He's not too bad, he's a pretty passionate Irish man," he said.

"It would be nice to get the job done on Saturday so we don't have to hear from him so much."

Follow Ireland v New Zealand via our liveblog on RTÉ.ie/sport and the News Now app, watch live on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player or listen to live commentary on RTÉ Radio 1 this Saturday (kick-off 7pm).