Ireland’s five-match tour of New Zealand vs All Blacks and Maori All Blacks: how to watch live on Sky Sports | Rugby Union News

Johnny Sexton to lead Ireland as captain on their tour of New Zealand, live on Sky Sports

Johnny Sexton to lead Ireland as captain on their tour of New Zealand, live on Sky Sports

Andy Farrell will be looking to lead Ireland to a first victory over the All Blacks on New Zealand soil this summer, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

The tour is Ireland’s first since a 2-1 series win in 2018 against the Wallabies in Australia, and New Zealand’s first since 2012, as they look to make history.

“This is the start of our Rugby World Cup campaign and it is going to be a fantastic challenge for our group facing five massive tests in three weeks,” said head coach Andy Farrell.

“We will learn a lot about the players and the group as a whole as we have to face five incredibly tough fixtures, away from the comforts of home and on ground where the home support will greatly outweigh the traveling Irish fans.”

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell will be looking to make his team go down in history in New Zealand

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell will be looking to make his team go down in history in New Zealand

When are the Ireland matches?

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland in Hamilton – Wednesday June 29 – Live sky sports action from 8 a.m.

New Zealand vs Ireland in Auckland – Saturday 2nd July – Live sky sports action from 7:30

New Zealand vs Ireland in Dunedin – Saturday, July 9 – live on sky sports action from 7:30

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland in Wellington – Tuesday, July 12 – Live sky sports action from 8 a.m.

New Zealand vs Ireland in Wellington – Saturday, July 16 – live on sky sports action from 7:30

Who is in the Ireland team?

Ireland have named an unlimited five players in an extended 40-man squad for their summer tour to New Zealand.

Leinster trio Ciaran Frawley (centre), Joe McCarthy (2nd row) and Jimmy O’Brien (wing), Munster’s Jeremy Loughman (loose prop) and Connacht’s Cian Prendergast (back row) make up the uncapped selections, with the team captained by Johnny Sexton, 36.

Injuries mean Leinster hooker Ronan Kelleher (shoulder), Munster flanker Andrew Conway (knee), key men during Ireland’s blockbuster 2021 Autumn series and the 2022 Six Nations, will miss out, as will the Ulster wing Robert Baloucoune (hip), Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne (neck) and Munster center Chris Farrell (hip).

Backrests (18): Bundee Aki, Harry Byrne, Joey Carbery, Craig Casey, Keith Earls, Ciaran Frawley, Jamison Gibson-Park, Mack Hansen, Robbie Henshaw, James Hume, Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, James Lowe, Michael Lowry, Conor Murray, Jimmy O’ Brien, Garry Ringrose, Johnny Sexton (c).

Forwards (22): Ryan Baird, Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Gavin Coombes, Caelan Doris, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Dave Heffernan, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Jeremy Loughman, Joe McCarthy, Peter O’Mahony, Tom O’Toole, Andrew Porter, Cian Prendergast, James Ryan, Dan Sheehan, Nick Timoney, Kieran Treadwell, Josh van der Flier.

What happened the last time Ireland toured New Zealand?

The last time Ireland toured New Zealand in 2012, they had never beaten the All Blacks anywhere.

A 3-0 series loss followed, including an agonizing 22-19 last-gasp loss in the second Test after a Dan Carter drop-goal with the clock on the red.

Since then, Ireland have beaten the All Blacks three times: November 2016 in Chicago, November 2018 in Dublin and most recently November 2021 in Dublin, the last meeting between the two.

The All Blacks will want revenge, while Ireland will be looking to make more history.

Bumper July Rugby on Sky Sports

As well as showcasing Ireland in New Zealand this summer, sky sports will show England’s three-event tour of Australia, Wales’ three-event tour of South Africa and Scotland’s three-event tour of Argentina.

WednesdayJune 29

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland – Live sky sports action from 8 am (the start is at 8.05 am)

Saturday, July 2

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live sky sports action starting at 7:30 am (start at 8:05 am)

Australia vs England – Live sky sports action from 10:15 (start at 10:55)

South Africa vs Wales – Live sky sports action from 15:30 (start at 16:05)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live sky sports action from 7:30 p.m. (start at 8:10 p.m.)

Saturday, July 9

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live sky sports action starting at 7:30 am (start at 8:05 am)

Australia vs England – Live sky sports action from 10:15 (start at 10:55)

South Africa vs Wales – Live sky sports action from 15:30 (start at 16:05)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live sky sports action from 7:30 p.m. (start at 8:10 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 12

Maori All Blacks vs Ireland – Live sky sports action from 8 am (the start is at 8.05 am)

Saturday, July 16

New Zealand vs Ireland – Live sky sports action starting at 7:30 am (start at 8:05 am)

Australia vs England – Live sky sports action from 10:15 (start at 10:55)

South Africa vs Wales – Live sky sports action from 15:30 (start at 16:05)

Argentina vs Scotland – Live sky sports action from 7:30 p.m. (start at 8:10 p.m.)

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