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How To Watch Ireland 'A' V New Zealand XV

How To Watch Ireland 'A' V New Zealand XV
By Michael Bolton
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Ireland’s November series gets underway tonight as Ireland ‘A’ V New Zealand XV in the RDS will see several players looking to put their hand up for selection.  After a successful emerging Ireland tour in South Africa, Ireland ‘A’ will hope to give Andy Farrell some food for thought when they take on a very talented New Zealand XV. This game will give some more experienced players the chance to force their way back into the first team, while also give young players the opportunity to test themselves on the international stage.

Here is all the information you need ahead of Ireland ‘A’ V New Zealand XV.

When Is Ireland ‘A’ V New Zealand XV?

Ireland ‘A’ V New Zealand XV will kick-off tonight at 7.45 at the RDS.

How Can I Watch Ireland ‘A’ V New Zealand XV?

Live coverage of Ireland ‘A; V New Zealand will be shown Live on Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media player from 7.00.

Players To Watch


While this game may not have huge importance when it comes to world rankings or silverware, several players will look to lay down a marker for both sides tonight. Jacob Stockdale will be keen to remind fans of coaches of his quality with a big performance after 18 months of injuries. At fly-half, Ciarán Frawley will be keen to show why he is so highly rated by Ireland as he gets a rare opportunity at 10.

For New Zealand XV, the experienced half-back duo of TJ Perenara and Damien McKenzie will be eager to get back into contention for New Zealand.

Team News

Craig Casey captains a side mixed with experience and youth, with Leinster’s Joe McCarthy a player to watch in the second row alongside Connacht’s Gavin Thornbury. James Hume makes his return from injury to start alongside Jamie Osbourne at centre.


Robbie Henshaw’s late withdrawal from the Ireland side to face South Africa tomorrow means Calvin Nash starts in place of Jimmy O’Brien, with Shane Daly now on the bench.

The New Zealand XV is full of familiar names, showing how strong their panel is ahead of this November series.

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