Rugby. Ireland could pull off a rare feat against the All Blacks on Saturday: here’s what

In the event of another victory against the All Blacks, the Irishman would achieve a very rare performance… (©Icon Sport)

In Dunedin last week the rugby New Zealander experienced a sacred earthquake: for the first time in its history, it lost at home to theIreland (12-23), and this without possible dispute during a meeting where the All Blacks suffered the events as rarely in the face of the defensive organization and the offensive efficiency of an XV of Clover, a veritable pet peeve of New Zealanders in recent years.

This defeat, it has significantly a big wave of anger in the country, weakening even more the coach Ian Foster whose supports are less and less numerous. His extension last August until the 2023 World Cup, he had 4 losses in 8 games. With 69% of victories, he has the worst record of an All Blacks coach. Captain Sam Cane, also questioned, plays big. And facing the press on Wednesday, he set the scene: “It’s a matter of life or death for us”.

Ireland for a feat not achieved since… 1994!

Ireland is looking for a exploit rare. After breaking her teeth for decades against the All Blacks, she has been writing history since 2016, with a first victory against the men in black (40-29 in Chicago), before winning for the first time in Ireland (in 2018, 16-9), then on New Zealand soil last week.

This Saturday, July 16 (9:05 a.m.), in Wellington, the XV of Clover wins the tour in the event of another success against the All Blacks. And it will be a rare moment. In effect, the New Zealanders have only lost a summer home tour three times : 1937 facing South Africa1971 against the British and Irish Lionsand in 1994 against the XV of France during two mythical confrontations, marked by the trial at the end of the world. Ireland could become the second European nation to win their tour of New Zealand, 28 years after the Blues.

Andy Farrell: “It’s the chance of a lifetime”

This feat, the Irish have in mind. “We make sure the whole team realizes what it means. It’s the challenge we all want, it’s the chance of a lifetime, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we want to face,” said the manager. Andy Farrellwho, since he is in national team staff, has already beaten the All Blacks 6 times.

But the technician knows one thing: the All Blacks are all the more formidable when they are up against the wall and criticized in the country. And above all, two defeats in a row at home is so rare for them: the last time was in… 1998. Ireland is at the foot of a huge feat. And if she succeeds, she will take first place in the World Rugby rankings from France and will make a strong impression within 14 months of the World Cup.

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