Beauden Barrett

New Zealand face a formidable challenge to make it four wins from four matches on their end-of-year tour when they play Ireland in Dublin. Photo: PA Archive/PA Images RealTime Images

All Blacks line-up: Beauden Barrett beats Richie Mo’unga to No 10 jersey

New Zealand face a formidable challenge to make it four wins from four matches on their end-of-year tour when they play Ireland in Dublin.

Beauden Barrett

New Zealand face a formidable challenge to make it four wins from four matches on their end-of-year tour when they play Ireland in Dublin. Photo: PA Archive/PA Images RealTime Images

New Zealand face a formidable challenge to make it four wins from four matches on their northern hemisphere tour when they play Ireland on Saturday, said All Blacks coach Ian Foster.

Kick-off is at 17:15 SA time.

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The 56-year-old knows how dangerous the Irish can be having been assistant coach on two occasions when Saturday’s hosts beat them in the past five years (2016 and 2018).

However, he was also sitting alongside the man he replaced as head coach Steve Hansen when the All Blacks hammered Ireland 46-14 in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

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The All Blacks have swept aside their three opponents so far on the tour, scoring 104 points against the United States and 54 admittedly against a much-weakened Wales side – 47 for good measure in the win over Italy last weekend.

The Irish, though, are on a good run of their own with six successive Test wins including a 60-5 rout of Japan last Saturday.  

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“We’ve watched Ireland’s development this year with interest, particularly through the latter part of the Six Nations and last week’s big win over Japan,” said Foster after naming his All Blacks team.

“They are certainly playing with confidence and ambition and represent a formidable challenge.

“We have no doubt what Saturday is going to bring at a full stadium.

“It’s a big occasion, rugby is back to Dublin in terms of full grandstands, so we know what it’s going to mean here, and we want that kind of stage.

“It’s big and it’s exciting and is what motivates this team.”

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Beauden Barrett – who played a pivotal role in the World Cup victory – gets the nod at flyhalf ahead of Richie Mo’unga.

This sets him on course for an intriguing duel with Irish opposite number and fellow Test centurion Johnny Sexton.    

TEAMS:

Ireland

TBA

New Zealand

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Sevu Reece, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Samuel Whitelock (captain), 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody 

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 David Havili