What time is New Zealand vs Ireland today?

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·3-min read
What time is New Zealand vs Ireland today?
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Ireland have the opportunity to claim a stunning series victory over New Zealand when they face the All Blacks in the third-Test decider in Wellington.

After being thrashed in the Eden Park opener, Ireland recovered brilliantly in Dunedin to deliver a historic first win over the All Blacks in New Zealand.

LIVE! Follow all the action from the series decider with our live blog

With momentum on their side, Ireland are aiming to become the first team to win back-to-back matches against the All Blacks in New Zealand since 1998 and deliver a huge statement ahead of next year’s World Cup.

But New Zealand will be under pressure to respond, with coach Ian Foster on thin ice after a run of three defeats in four, including against Ireland in Dublin last November.

Here’s everything you need to know.

When is New Zealand vs Ireland?

The third Test will be played at the Sky Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday 16 July at 8.05am BST.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event - with coverage starting at 7.30am. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

We may earn commission from some of the links in this article, but we never allow this to influence our content. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

What is the team news?

New Zealand have recalled fit-again lock Sam Whitelock in a shaken-up side for Saturday’s series-deciding third test, while the Irish have made only one change, bringing in Bundee Aki for the injured Garry Ringrose.

Under huge pressure following the All Blacks’ 23-12 defeat in Dunedin last weekend, coach Ian Foster rung the changes to his starting side, while handing rugby league convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck a potential test debut off the bench.

Foster’s counterpart Andy Farrell has kept faith with the side that recorded a first-ever win over the All Blacks in New Zealand and turned the tables following the 42-19 defeat in the series-opener.

New Zealand: 15. Jordie Barrett, 14. Will Jordan, 13. Rieko Ioane, 12. David Havili, 11. Sevu Reece, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Aaron Smith; 1. George Bower, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Scott Barrett, 7. Sam Kane (captain), 8. Ardie Savea

Replacements: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Aidan Ross, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Akira Ioane, 20. Dalton Papalii, 21. Folau Fakatava, 22. Richie Mo’unga, 23. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Ireland: 15. Hugo Keenan, 14. Mack Hansen, 13. Bundee Aki, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. James Lowe, 10. Johnny Sexton (captain), 9. Jamison Gibson Park, 1. Andrew Porter, 2. Dan Sheehan, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Tadhg Beirne, 5. James Ryan, 6. Peter O’Mahony, 7. Josh van der Flier, 8. Caelan Doris,

Replacements: 16. Rob Herring, 17. Cian Healy, 18. Finlay Bealham, 19. Kieran Treadwell, 20. Jack Conan, 21. Conor Murray, 22. Joey Carbery, 23. Keith Earls


New Zealand win - 1/4

Draw - 25/1

Ireland win - 3/1

Full TV schedule for summer tours

Saturday, July 16

New Zealand vs Ireland – live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30am (kick-off at 8:05am)

Australia vs England – live on Sky Sports Action from 10:15am (kick-off at 10:55am)

South Africa vs Wales - live on Sky Sports Action from 3:30pm (kick-off at 4:05pm)

Argentina vs Scotland - live on Sky Sports Action from 7:30pm (kick-off at 8:10pm)

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting