The XV of Ireland will line up a practically reduced team against the All Blacks on Saturday in Wellington for the test match which could end with a historic victory and the first victorious tour of the Irish in New Zealand. At centre, Bundee Aki replaces Garry Ringrose, who is out for 12 days after his head-to-head clash with Blacks prop Angus Ta’avao on Saturday. The latter was immediately expelled, then suspended for three weeks for dangerous behavior.
Third line Peter O’Mahony was also rocked in the second Test, won by Ireland in Dunedin (23-12), but he was given the green light by doctors, as was captain Johnny Sexton, 37, released late in the game with a sore knee. exton had already left at the end of the match, after a shock to the head, during the initial defeat of this tour at the All Blacks (42-19).
Ireland: Hugo Keenan – Mack Hansen, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, James Lowe – (o) Johnny Sexton (cap), (m) Jamison Gibson-Park – Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier, Peter O’Mahony – James Ryan, Tadhg Beirne – Tadhg Furlong, Dan Sheehan, Andrew Porter.
Subs: Rob Herring, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Kieran Treadwell, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Keith Earls