A year ago, England against New Zealand was the game all rugby fans wanted to watch, but that title now belongs to Saturday’s heavyweight clash between Ireland and the All Blacks in Dublin. You do not have to be Eddie Hearn or Don King to sell tickets for this one. It pits the two highest ranked teams in the world together and it is rugby’s equivalent of the Rumble in the Jungle. But who knows who will be taking the count? This time last year, England were flying, having won 22 out of 23 Tests under Eddie Jones — but there was no fixture scheduled against the world champions. Ireland are in the pound seats now. Jones’s side hit the wall in the Six Nations, although they ran the All Blacks close last week, but events at the Aviva Stadium this weekend will provide more clarity over whether the New Zealanders’ grip on the World Cup can be loosened in Japan next year. Ireland first played the Kiwis in 1905, losing 15-0 to Dave Gallaher’s ‘Originals’, and have only one win and a draw against the game’s best team in 30 match-ups. But they fancy their chances this time —… Read full this story
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