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Rugby World Cup: Ireland face New Zealand as they chase first semi-final

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When they develop against champions New Zealand ireland will plan to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time .
Ireland have won two of the few meetings with the All Blacks but had to settle for second position behind Japan.
New Zealand topped Pool B despite their final group game with Italy.
New Zealand last lost a World Cup game at a 2007 quarter-final loss.
Steve Hansen’s side stay on track for a third consecutive World Cup crown after death their test on the coming weekend with a 23-13 win over South Africa at Yokohama, before breezing past Namibia and Canada.
Regardless of their scheduled experience with the Italians being called away, the All Blacks qualified to its knock-out phases with the greatest average points (52) of each side in the contest.
The champions have trusted Jack Goodhue and Anton Leinert-Brown to address their conundrum, while Brodie Retallick is called at lock little game time in Japan.
Beauden Barrett will once more run at full-back with Richie Mo’unga in fly-half while Cody Taylor will be favored to Dane Coles in hooker.
Depending upon the results of Saturday’s game this might be head coach Joe Schmidt’s final game in charge of the group as well as Rory Best’s final game as a player.
Schmidt has revived Peter O’Mahony and duo Rob Kearney into the beginning line-up, with Garry Ringrose partnering Robbie Henshaw in the middle for the very first time in 16 weeks.
Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton will become Ireland beginning duo as they line for the time.
Speaking to the media on Friday,” Ireland fly-half Sexton said it’s”a tiny bit surreal” the World Cup quarter-final is only one day off.
“It’s been a long time at the back of our heads, this quarter-final,” Sexton said. “We are here today. It is a tiny bit’I can’t believe it is now here’.”
Schmidt has been working towards building a system that could break new ground in Japan and a team Because losing to Argentina in the last-eight phase four years back.
Saturday’s match isalso, as Sexton acknowledged, the group’s most important match as the stage in 2015.
The pool stages were declared, Ireland understood they had been on a collision course with New Zealand or South Africa.
Ireland secured successive wins to book their place, after being defeated by Japan in Shizuoka.
Schmidt’s side will hope to summon the confidence gained at the previous four years Even though World Cup history doesn’t favour Ireland.
34, sexton, believes that his side are better placed than ever to move to the competition with their mix of experience and youth and will be starting his initial quarter-final.
“You look around and see men like Garry Ringrose, Jacob Stockdale and James Ryan. Guys which are only top quality people and players.
“Then you look around at a few of the experienced guys that have been around the block so that’s what gives us confidence and belief.”
Ireland: Kearney; O’Mahony, Earls, Ringrose, Henshaw, Stockdale; Sexton, Murray; Healy, Greatest, Furlong James Ryan; Stander, Van der Flier.
Replacements: Scannell, Kilcoyne, Porter, Beirne, Ruddock, McGrath, Carbery, Larmour.
New Zealand: B Barrett; Reece, Goodhue, Lienert-Brown, Bridge; Mo’unga, Smith; Moody, Taylor, Taylor, Laulala, Retallick, Whitelock; Savea, Cane, Reid.
Replacements: Coles, Tuungafasi, Ta’avao, S Barrett Perenara J Barrett.
Ireland trainer Joe Schmidt:”You can not go out from an All Blacks side and accept you’re second fiddle.
“There are numerous players on the negative which have contributed to a good bit of background .
“The win over the All Blacks, the very first time we won at home against the All Blacks, but some other landmarks on the way”
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen:”There’s a good deal of energy and excitement from the team that’s normal for this stage of the tournament where the winner takes all. It will add pressure.
“We feel we’ve chosen a fantastic mixture of ability in our 23, that are in excellent shape, along with the squad consists of many players who have a great deal of Rugby World Cup match match encounter.”
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