Robbie Henshaw
Henshaw's late try in Chicago secured victory a fortnight ago. Getty Images

Ireland take on New Zealand for the second time this autumn looking to repeat their heroic victory in Chicago a fortnight ago. Joe Schmidt's side will look to build on their first victory over the All Blacks for 111 years.

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Ireland will be hoping that history can repeat itself when they face New Zealand for the second time this autumn. Joe Schmidt's side claimed their first ever victory over the All Blacks after 111 years of trying in Chicago a fortnight ago, and will be biding to stun the world champions once again.

Five tries in Illinois ensured the Irish painted Soldier Field green, at the end of a week which had seen the Chicago Cubs baseball team end a 108-year wait to win the World Series. Two from Jordi Murphy, CJ Stander, Simon Zebo and Robbie Henshaw did the damage as a late New Zealand onslaught was thwarted.

Waisake Naholo, T.J Pernara, Ben Smith and Scott Barrett responded for Steve Hansen's side, but it was not enough to prevent their world record 18-match winning run from coming to an end. However, the challenge for Ireland will be repeating those heroics in front of their own supporters in Dublin.

Joe Schmidt
Schmidt has proved key to Ireland's turnaround since the World Cup. Getty Images

Despite being the two-time world champions, Hansen's side have clearly been rattled by what Ireland inflicted upon them two weeks ago. The Kiwi coach has even spoken of Ireland being the favourite heading into the clash – in an effort to stoke up the psychological warfare ahead of the match.

Schmidt has not allowed Ireland to be drawn into such pre-match sparring, and will even be able to field a stronger team on Saturday [19 November] afternoon with Sean O'Brien coming into the back row ahead of injured double try-scorer Murphy. New Zealand meanwhile are back to full-strength, after Hansen was forced into selecting an experimental side in Chicago.

Crucially, Samuel Whitelock and Brodie Retallick will come into the second row after the pair were split up for the first match with Ireland. There is pressure on the likes of Kieran Read, Dane Coles and world player of the year Beauden Barrett to improve vastly from the 40-29 defeat, and it would be foolish to bet against a vastly different New Zealand display this time around.


Ireland: 15. Rob Kearney 14. Andrew Trimble, 13. Jared Payne, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. Simon Zebo, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray; 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6. CJ Stander, 5. Devin Toner, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Jack McGrath

Replacements: 16. Sean Cronin, 17. Cian Healy, 18. Finlay Bealham, 19. Iain Henderson, 20. Josh van der Flier, 21. Kieran Marmion, 22. Paddy Jackson, 23. Garry Ringrose

New Zealand: 15. Ben Smith, 14. Israel Dagg, 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Aaron Smith; 8. Kieran Read (c), 7. Sam Cane, 6. Liam Squire, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 4. Brodie Retallick, 3. Owen Franks, 2. Dane Coles, 1. Joe Moody

Replacements: 16. Codie Taylor, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Charlie Faumuina, 19. Scott Barrett, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Aaron Cruden, 23. Waisake Naholo

Steve Hansen
Hansen has engaged in psychological warfare ahead of New Zealand's second clash with Ireland. Getty Images

What the coaches say:

Joe Schmidt: "I don't think you're ever super comfortable with the expectation. I don't think we necessarily tactically did anything that was extra special (in Chicago). It wasn't a lot different to what we had done in South Africa but you get access points through a few first-half lineouts, get a bit of momentum and confidence and suddenly when you are playing with confidence it's quite a bit different.

"I don't think we have got that many new tricks. I don't think there is going to be anything massively different. We're about 6/1. Not that we are able to indulge in that. It's probably better than the 12/1 or 13/1 we were in Chicago.

"I don't think it [the contest] will be too different if conditions allow. We trained in icy, sleety conditions (Thursday morning). Steve's boys trained in the afternoon. They are already ahead of us, they got some nice sunshine!"

Steve Hansen: "As expected, there is huge excitement and anticipation within our squad ahead of this weekend's Test against the Irish," Hansen said. "While there was obvious disappointment at the loss in Chicago, disappointment doesn't win Test matches – it's about having great preparation and attitude, and delivering on the day.

"We know the challenge we face from Ireland will again be massive and we are going into the game as the underdogs. They'll be full of confidence and committed to delivering on their home patch. So we will have to take a massive step up, to get the performance we are looking for. It is a challenge that this team needs right now and how we respond will tell us a lot about ourselves. As I said, we are very much looking forward to Saturday."