Here's all the information you need to know ahead of this morning's match between the All Blacks and Ireland.

Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 6:30am kick-off

The 30th meeting between the All Blacks and Ireland will take place at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with the home side searching for a win against the All Blacks for just the second time in their 141-year history.

The first of those came a fortnight ago in Chicago, where they claimed a historic 40-29 win over the reigning world champions at Soldier Field.

The match will be the 16th clash between the two nations in Dublin, the only city in Ireland that has hosted a test match for the All Blacks.


Despite the All Blacks being regular visitors to the Irish capital, they are still relative newcomers to the six-year-old Aviva Stadium, with this weekend's test being just the third time they have played at the venue.

The previous two occasions the three time world champions played at the 51,700-capacity stadium have been contrasting matches.

In 2010, the All Blacks dominated the Irish in a 38-18 victory, while in 2013, the two nations played out in what can be considered as one of the greatest rugby union tests of all-time.

Trailing 19-0 to the home side after just 17 minutes, the All Blacks narrowed the gap to just 22-17 with time up on the clock before midfielder Ryan Crotty scored in the left hand corner and Aaron Cruden slotted a touchline conversion to assure the All Blacks of an undefeated year in 2013 - the first and only time any nation has achieved this feat in the professional era.

In total, the All Blacks have won 27 of the 29 clashes between the two, with an average scoreline of 29-12.

With the Irish having been victorious in just one of those 29 meetings, there has been a solitary draw throughout the 111-year history between the All Blacks and Ireland, with Ireland's second best result against the New Zealanders coming in the form of a 10-10 scoreline at the now-demolished Lansdowne Road in 1973.

While the All Blacks will be looking to redeem themselves following their shock loss in the United States against today's opposition and extend their 15-match undefeated run in the land of leprechauns and four leaf clovers, the Irish are intending to back up their performance in Chicago with an equally dominant and efficient display in front of their home crowd, and will be looking to make a statement to the rest of the rugby world that they are no longer the lovable losers at the hands of the Kiwis.

Line ups:

The All Blacks side for today's match is close to full strength, with only injuries preventing Steve Hansen from naming his top dollar team.


As expected, Hansen has made a plethora of changes from the side that eased to a 68-10 victory over Italy last weekend in Rome, with the side looking much more similar to the one that took to the field in Chicago.

The much needed return of Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock will prove to be vital if the All Blacks are to defeat the Irish, with their lineouts suffering at Soldier Field in the absence of the country's two premier locks.

They replace Patrick Tuipulotu and Jerome Kaino, who struggled to make in impact against the Irish two weeks ago.

While blindside flanker Kaino is only out of the match day squad due to a calf strain, Tuipulotu has dropped out of the match day 23 entirely, with his performance in Chicago doing little to impress the selectors.

Tuipulotu's loss is newcomer Scott Barrett's gain, as the two-test lock - who made a try scoring debut in the Irish loss - appears to have jumped ahead of Tuipulotu in the pecking order, with Hansen gifting the 22-year-old a spot on the bench.

Highlanders rookie Liam Squire takes the number six jersey in Jerome Kaino's absence, as he did a fortnight ago, while his disgraced Super Rugby teammate Aaron Smith has been shown faith by the selectors as he retains his starting role this weekend ahead of the in-form TJ Perenara.

Injury has resulted in the New Zealanders sticking with the midfield duo that took to the field against Italy last week, with youngster Anton Lienert-Brown and Malakai Fekitoa pairing up again to form what was an effective combo, with both players standing out in last week's victory.

They replace Ryan Crotty and George Moala, both of whom were injured in the loss a fortnight ago.

The return of Israel Dagg to the right wing following his impressive display against Italy has consigned Waisake Naholo to the bench, while the only other change in the reserves comes in the form of the replacement loosehead prop, with veteran Wyatt Crockett - who was another who played well against the Italians - replacing the far younger Ofa Tu'ungafasi in the number 17 jersey.

Like the All Blacks, Ireland named a vastly different side last week to face Canada compared to the one that defeated the New Zealanders in Chicago, with this week's side looks far more similar to the one that played a fortnight ago than the one that defeated the Canadians 52-21 in Dublin last week.

The only change to coach Joe Schmidt's starting XV is the addition of openside flanker Sean O'Brien, who returns from injury to slot in for Leinster flanker Jordi Murphy.

In the reserves, two changes have been made, with 24-year-old lock Iain Henderson replacing Connacht's Ultan Dillane, while Paddy Jackson returns to the match day squad to take the place of New Zealand-born youngster Joe Carberry, who made his debut in the Chicago test despite having played just nine domestic matches for in the Pro12 and European Champions Cup for Leinster.

All Blacks: Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Malakai Fekitoa, Anton Lienert-Brown, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (c), Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.

Replacements: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Waisake Naholo.

Ireland: Rob Kearney, Andrew Trimble, Jared Payne, Robbie Henshaw, Simon Zebo, Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien, CJ Stander, Donnacha Ryan, Devin Toner, Tadhg Furlong, Rory Best (c), Jack McGrath.

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Cian Healy, Finlay Bealham, Iain Henderson, Josh van der Flier, Kieran Marmion, Paddy Jackson, Garry Ringrose.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)


The TAB have the All Blacks as favourites to take out the test, paying out at $1.14 for a New Zealand win, while a second Ireland upset is paying at $5.35.

The betting agency have lowered the odds of an Irish victory compared to the odds they were paying for the Soldier Field test, which saw them paying $9 for an Ireland win, while an All Blacks victory was paying a miniscule $1.04.

All Black wings Julian Savea and Israel Dagg are joint favourites to be the first tryscorer of the test, paying $7.50, while they are also both joint favourites to score a try at any point in the match, paying out at just $1.80.

The Irish favourite to score a try at some point in the match is veteran Andrew Trimble, who is paying an unfavourable $7.

However, similarly to the majority of sides that have faced the All Blacks this year, no try scorer is the lowest paying option for Ireland, with nobody to score for the Irish in the match paying $4.00.

Other test matches throughout the weekend:

Georgia vs Samoa

, midnight Sunday (NZT), Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi.

Italy vs South Africa

, 3am Sunday (NZT), Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence.

Germany vs Brazil

, 3am Sunday (NZT), Fritz-Grunebaum-Sportpark, Heidelberg.

England vs Fiji

, 3:30am Sunday (NZT), Twickenham, London.

Wales vs Japan

, 3:30am Sunday (NZT), Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

Spain vs Uruguay

, 4am Sunday (NZT), Estadio Ciudad de Málaga, Málaga.

Romania vs Canada

, 5am Sunday (NZT), Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest.

Tonga vs USA

, 5am Sunday (NZT), Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastián, Spain.

Scotland vs Argentina

, 6am Sunday (NZT), Murrayfield, Edinburgh.

France vs Australia

, 9am Sunday (NZT), Stade de France, Saint-Denis.