New Zealand vs Ireland RWC Live: New Zealand vs Ireland RWC Live Stream, New Zealand face Ireland in the second quarter-final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.New Zealand topped Pool B beating South Africa, Canada and Namibia before their final game was cancelled against Italy. Ireland came second in Pool A. They beat Scotland, Russia and Samoa but lost to hosts Japan.
The All Blacks are expected to be at full-strength to face Ireland. Steve Hansen is likely to continue with Richie Mo’unga starting at fly-half with Beauden Barrett continuing at fullback.
New Zealand face a selection dilemma in the centres with Ryan Crotty, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue and Sonny Bill Williams all impressing in the World Cup so far.
Ireland face the unenviable task of trying to end New Zealand’s 12-year unbeaten run at Rugby World Cups when they meet in Tokyo for a place in the last four on Saturday.
All Blacks, looking to win their third successive title, last lost a World Cup match in the quarter-final of the 2007 tournament, against France. Ireland, meanwhile, have never reached the semi-finals of a World Cup, having fallen at this stage on no fewer than six occasions.
The reigning champions finished top of Pool B despite having their final game called off by Typhoon Hagibis, largely thanks to an impressive opening weekend win over South Africa.
Ireland are expected to have a fully fit squad to select from. Jonny Sexton and Joey Carbery both seem to have overcome niggling injuries. Robbie Henshaw played for over an hour against Samoa while Rob Kearney and Rhys Ruddock will be back in contention to play.
However a cloud hangs over the Ireland squad due to the red card handed out to Bundee Aki in the Samoa game. Aki is expected to be banned for a number of matches at a hearing on Monday but Ireland have decided to fly in a specialist lawyer to Japan to help with Aki’s case.
What is the head-to-head record of both sides?
New Zealand and Ireland have played each other on 31 occasions with the All Blacks winning 28 of them. Ireland have one two games with one draw back in 1973.