The three-times champions had lost two of their last three matches against the Irish but Saturday's performance better reflected the All Black's overall record against the men in green which now stands at 29 wins to two defeats, with one draw. After a tight opening 10 minutes, New Zealand flexed their peerless rugby muscles after which the result was never in doubt. The All Blacks ended with seven tries, the first two from scrumhalf Aaron Smith. Kiwi scrum-half Aaron Smith bagged a double against Ireland Credit: Getty AsiaPac Certainly England will provide a better test for the holders, having earlier thrashed Australia in the first quarter-final in Oita.
Tyson Otto Pooper against the Kamikaze Kids. It sounds like something a Japanese anime artist might dream up, not the front line battle that could decide the fate of the Australia-England Rugby World Cup quarter-final.
Two sets of openside flankers boasting the same ball-hunting modus operandi but hailing from vastly different backgrounds, will square off on Saturday.
In the white corner are English tyros Sam Underhill, 23, and Tom Curry, 21, owners of just 28 combined caps and who started their first Test as a pairing less than two months ago.
I have been in their shoes before, being wide-eyed, ready to attack things. Other leading nations such as New Zealand have reverted to twin openside flankers for the World cup.
You can see how much emphasis teams put on negating players who are good at the breakdown now. Jones backed his tearaways, in conjunction with No. He rated Pocock the best No. The deal is set to start in , but the Storm are understood to be considering a releasing of the try-scoring freak a year early to free up salary cap space.
Vunivalu, who was recently a victim in an ugly brawl in Bali has a rugby background and has been weighing up his options in the man code.
Northern-hemisphere rugby clubs are lining up to sign the Storm star, who has scored a formidable 72 tries in 94 NRL games for the minor premiers. The money on offer at an English or European clubs would potentially be more lucrative but would make him ineligible to play for Australia, if he opts to head overseas.
The gifted flyer was allegedly king hit in a Bali nightclub while on end of season holiday earlier this week.