The XV of the Trèfle will face New Zealand three times on its soil this summer. A real test of growth in one year of the World Cup in France.
Andy Farrell, the Irish selector, has called up five international Neophyte players in a group of 40 retained players for the tour of three test matches in New Zealand, which will allow them to measure progress before the two world nations. of next year’s rugby. Second-line Joe McCarthy and été retenu tout comme ses coéquipiers du Leinster, center Ciaran Frawley and ailier Jimmy O’Brien, Munster teammates Jeremy Loughman and the ailier of Connacht Cian Prendergast completes its list of inexperienced players. Blessés, talonneur Ronan Kelleher, Andrew Conway, Robert Baloucoune, and center Chris Farrell will be no trip, or contrary to the experienced Johnny Sexton who will be the captain of the XV du Trèfle.
The series of tests debuts at Eden Park d’Auckland on 2 July, with ensuite des tests in Dunedin and Wellington. The Irish will repeat their games with a first test against the Maori All Blacks in Hamilton on June 29 and will play another midweek match against them on July 12 in Wellington. «This is the start of our Rugby World Cup campaign and it will be a fantastic challenge for our team who will have to face five important tests over the course of these three weeks.», Explains Andy Farrell.
It will be Ireland’s first tour in the southern hemisphere since they beat Australia 2-1 in 2018 at its debut in New Zealand since 2012.
Irish victory against the All Blacks in November
«Thanks to Covid, we didn’t have the opportunity to go on tour, and the tours play a massive role in the coordination of teams on and off the field.», Pour Farrell’s clothes. Connacht coach Peter Wilkins will join Farrell’s team as an assistant for the duration of the tour. Ireland beat the All Blacks 29-20 in Dublin last November, but have never beaten the Kiwis on their home ground.
The Irish can expect a warm -up against the Mauritian All Blacks, their coach Clayton McMillan having named a large number of internationals on a list published Wednesday. Thus, three-man TJ Perenara and Brad Weber, as well as pillar Tyrel Lomax, were retained with behind Josh Ioane of the All Blacks B team, who beat Ireland 31-28 in Rotorua in their last meeting was in 2010.