Three things to know about the All Blacks team to play Ireland

Three things to know about the All Blacks team to play Ireland in Chicago, named by coach Steven Hansen this morning.

Brothers

Scott and Beauden Barrett will become the 45th set of All Blacks brothers on Sunday, with Scott expected to make his test debut from the bench.

There will be an even more unique fraternal occurrence in Chicago as well: with two sets of brothers, the Barretts and Saveas, selected in an All Blacks team.

The last time that happened was on 22 July 1961 when Ian and Don Clarke played alongside Colin and Stan Meads in the first test against France on Eden Park.

Watch: Julian Savea on facing Ireland

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You two again

All Blacks captain Kieran Read and Owen Franks will play Ireland for the seventh time on Sunday. Read started in five of those six previous encounters, scoring three tries.

Read will play his 95th test on Sunday and a victory would be his 84th win - seeing him tie eighth on the all-time wins list alongside former teammates Mils Muliaina and Conrad Smith. Read is the only test captain to lead a side to victories in 19 straight tests.

Listen: Justin Marshall on the All Blacks-Ireland test

Tries galore

All Blacks players hold the top five spots for tries scored by international players this year: Israel Dagg is top with eight tries, Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea and Ben Smith have scored seven, with TJ Perenara on five tries.

Smith, however, has scored just one try against Ireland in four tests. Savea has scored four against Ireland, three of those coming in his test debut in 2012.

Meanwhile, Barrett is second on the points-scoring list for 2016, with 118 points scored so far in 2016, with England's Owen Farrell on 135 points.

The matchday 23 is (with Test caps in brackets):

1. Joe Moody (20)
2. Dane Coles (46)
3. Owen Franks (87)
4. Patrick Tuipulotu (10)
5. Jerome Kaino (75)
6. Liam Squire (6)
7. Sam Cane (37)
8. Kieran Read - captain (94)
9. Aaron Smith (54)
10. Beauden Barrett (46)
11. Julian Savea (49)
12. Ryan Crotty (24)
13. George Moala (3)
14. Waisake Naholo (8)
15. Ben Smith (58)

16. Codie Taylor (11)
17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi (2)
18. Charlie Faumuina (42)
19. Scott Barrett *
20. Ardie Savea (9)
21. TJ Perenara (26)
22. Aaron Cruden (43)
23. Malakai Fekitoa (20)

- NZ Herald

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