Mary Hannigan: Ireland team v All Blacks to be named at lunchtime today

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Rugby World Cup quarter-final build-up, team news ahead of Euro qualifiers, and Euro 2028 is coming to Dublin and Belfast

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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell with scrum coach John Foagrty, forwards coach Paul O’Connell and defence coach Simon Easterby - the Irish team to play the All Blacks will be named later today. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If you were born after July 2022, (a) you’re doing very well to be able to read this and (b) you have never seen the Irish rugby team lose.and points out that if Ireland make it 18 on Saturday, they will equal the record held by England and, of all people, New Zealand.Despite having lost 10 games since beating Ireland in the quarterfinals four years ago, Gerry Thornley was still struck by howwhen he watched the All Blacks train on Tuesday.

“He’s outstanding as a man,” said Keith Andrews of Farrell, the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland football team having spent some time, at the invitation of the IRFU,a white paper outlining how they intend improving the pathway of promising young players Seán Moran wonders, amid the rise of possession-based football, what exactly people want the game to be. Considering 18 of Ireland’s 35 Olympic medals have come from the sport down the years, that would be an almighty blow.: Slim enough pickings again today, alas, but cricket fans at least have the World Cup meeting of India and Afghanistan (Sky Sports Cricket, from 9.30am). The best we can offer football followers is a friendly between Wales and Gibraltar (Premier Sports 1, 7.45).

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