Ireland have a chance to complete a historic series win against the All Blacks on their home soil when the sides meet in the series decider in Wellington.

The action gets underway from Sky Stadium - better known as the Cake Tin - at 8:05am Irish time on Saturday morning.

Despite losing the opening game of the Test series convincingly 42-19, Ireland fought back last weekend in Dunedin to set-up a series decider.

The tourists broke their duck on New Zealand soil last weekend thanks to two tries from Andrew Porter and 13 points from the boot of Johnny Sexton.

Andy Farrell's side come into the game full of confidence but will be without the services of Garry Ringrose due to concussion following Angus Ta'avao's dangerous tackle on the Leinster man.

Ta'avao received a red card for the tackle and as a result he will the miss the third and final Test.

Johnny Sexton turned 37 earlier this week and he is just six points shy of reaching 1,000 for his country. Even in his 107th cap last week, he showed no signs of letting up as he produced a stunning display in Ireland's win.


Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action will be live from Sky Stadium, in Wellington with the coverage getting under way at 7.30am.


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ONLINE and the RTÉ News app will have have a live blog of the game, as well as a match report and post match reaction.


Saturday is set to be calm day in Wellington with not too much breeze around, temperatures are expected to be around 7C. Good conditions for rugby.

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There is just one enforced change to the Ireland starting line-up, with Bundee Aki coming into replace Ringrose.

Farrell sticks with the same eight forwards who caused New Zealand all sorts of problems in the second Test, with Peter O'Mahony declared fit and ready to win his 87th cap.

Earls, who captained the side to victory over the Maori in mid-week is on the bench alongside Carbery who has togged out in every game so far on tour..

New Zealand are boosted with the return of the hugely experienced Sam Whitelock, who returns from a head injury to partner Brodie Retallick in the second-row.

Foster also is able to recall tight head prop Nepo Laulala, who will join George Bower and Codie Taylor in the New Zealand front row.

Pressure is mounting on All Blacks coach Ian Foster with many feeling defeat on Saturday could mean the end of the road for him.

New Zealand: Jordie Barrett; Will Jordan, Rieki Ioane, David Havili, Sevu Reece; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; George Bower, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala; Brodie Retallick, Samuel Whitelock; Scott Barrett, , Sam Cane (capt), Ardie Savea.

Replacements: Dane Coles, Aidan Ross, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii,Folau Fakatava, Richie Mo’unga, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Ireland: Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Bundee Aki, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (capt), Jamison Gibson-Park; Andrew Porter, Dan Sheehan, Tadhg Furlong; Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan; Peter O'Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Kieran Treadwell, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Kieth Earls.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)

Assistant Referee: Karl Dickson (RFU)

Assistant Referee: Christophe Ridley (RFU)

TMO: Tom Foley (RFU)


Maori All Blacks 32-17 Ireland XV - 29 June, FMG Stadium, Waikato

New Zealand 42-19 Ireland - 2 July, Eden Park, Auckland

New Zealand 12-23 Ireland - 9 July, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Maori All Blacks 24-30 Ireland - 12 July, Sky Stadium, Wellington

New Zealand v Ireland - 19 July, Sky Stadium, Wellington


Ian Foster (New Zealand): "It's tough having a loss but the tough weeks are often the most exciting. A series decider against a high-quality side is a great occasion for our growth as a team."

Andy Farrell (Ireland): "Everyone realises the size of the task in hand, but there's a lot of excitement in being able to deal with that. I think the best past of where we’re at is we know we can do better. What we’ve done pretty well over the last period of time is have a clear understanding of what our game is all about and what we need to do to get better. It becomes more clear and obvious the more that we push on together. Albeit we had a decent result in the last Test, hopefully our best is saved till last."

There is plenty other international rugby to enjoy this Saturday following the Ireland-All Blacks decider. England face Australia in the Sydney Cricket Ground with action getting underway at 10.55am Irish time. Wales face South Africa in Cape Town, fresh off the back of a historic last gasp win last week, and the action gets underway at 4:05pm, while the day ends with Scotland against Argentina in Santiago, with an 8.10pm kickoff. What a day of action.

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