Italy will face the mighty All Blacks in ROMA, Stadio Olimpico (RM) on Saturday 24th November during the Guinness Series. This will be the second of three home autumn internationals to be played by Ireland in 2018.
This will be a fascinating contest between the top two ranked teams in world rugby: Six Nations champions Ireland (ranked No.2) versus World champions New Zealand (ranked No.1).
Italy vs New Zealand
Date: Saturday 24th November 2018
Venue: ROMA, Stadio Olimpico (RM)
Kick Off: 7:00pm
TV Coverage: Live on Channel 4 and RTÉ
The back to back Rugby World Cup Champions are coming to Dublin. Our exclusive event at the 5* InterContinental Hotel will sell out and early booking is advised. The back to back World Cup Champions are coming to Dublin to play Ireland in the 2018 Autumn Internationals. With a potential Rugby World Cup Final meeting between the pair in Japan next year, both teams will look to get the psychological advantage.
The second instalment of Ireland’s 2018 Guinness Series sees them face the sternest test in all of rugby: a visit from the New Zealand All Blacks.
Ireland registered their first ever win against the All Blacks in November 2016 – after 111 years of trying – in a scintillating 40-29 victory in Chicago’s Soldier Field that goes down as one of the great moments in Irish sport. That victory tasted all the sweeter after the heartbreaking 24-22 defeat in the All Blacks’ visit to Dublin in 2013.
Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dan Leavy, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 James Ryan, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Cian Healy
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Andrew Porter, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Josh van der Flier, 21 Luke McGrath, 22 Joey Carbery, 23 Jordan Larmour
New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown