Live updates: Rugby World Cup - All Blacks v Ireland at Stade de France, Paris

  • 14/10/2023

Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final between New Zealand and Ireland at Stade de France, Paris.

This is the fixture we've all been waiting for, probably since the tournament draw was first announced - the three-time champions against the team that has never progressed past the final eight.

The All Blacks, no longer feared by opponents around the world, against the new No.1.

Four year ago, New Zealand ousted Ireland at this same stage of the tournament. Ireland have won four of their last six meetings, including a first-ever series victory on NZ soil last year.

The Irish have been the form team over the past month, toppling defending champions South African in poolplay and seemingly poised to put their World Cup bogey behind them.

Reeling from a record defeat to the Springboks and an opening loss to hosts France, New Zealand have been forced into the unfamiliar role of underdogs, but still have that winning DNA to fall back on.

So many words have already been written about this encounter - all that remains is to sit back and watch how it unfolds.

Join us at 8am Sunday for kickoff.

TAB Odds: Ireland $1.80, NZ $2, Draw $18


Ollie Ritchie: Telea axing a distraction All Blacks don't need before World Cup blockbuster

OPINION: This is a major blow for the All Blacks.

I understand winger Mark Telea breached their curfew, he was late back to their team hotel, which is a big no-no in the All Blacks, so he wasn't considered for selection against Ireland.

Coach Ian Foster and the leadership group made the immediate call to drop Mark Telea for breaching team protocol, for breaching the team curfew and being late back to the hotel - a massive distraction this week.

On the field, Mark Telea has been very good for the All Blacks this year and poses a real threat with ball in hand. He's someone they could have done with against Ireland, but off the field, this is a distraction Ian Foster and the All Blacks simply did not need.

We're not entirely sure exactly how late he was, but in this team, even five minutes is too late unfortunately. Mark Telea knew that - he would have known exactly when that curfew was and he was still late, so not good enough.

This happened within the last week, as I understand it. When I say the leadership group, Ian Foster would have consulted with his senior assistant coaches and some of his senior leaders.

There's no doubt captain Sam Cane would have been told and brought into the conversations, because it's important to have a player perspective about these sorts of things.

Sam Cane certainly didn't want to answer any questions about this in today's press conference and, when asked, simply deferred back to Ian Foster's previous comments.

Mark Telea & Ollie Ritchie.
Mark Telea & Ollie Ritchie. Photo credit: Photosport/Newshub

Ian Foster really wanted to leave it there and got quite short with journalists asking questions about this. He said they had nothing more to say and they'd be moving on.

That leadership group would have been consulted on this, I'm sure.

This absolutely could galvanise the team, and I'm sure those leaders within this All Blacks team will be sitting players down and saying, 'We're not going to let this distract us', because this will be front page among all the New Zealand papers, leading the news websites, leading the 6pm TV news.

This is a big story out of the All Blacks and the All Blacks will know that. They will know the media are lapping this up, so no doubt Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Beauden Barrett... those guys will not let this story distract this team.

It could really crack the whip for them. I had a chance to chat with Ardie Savea about it and he was pretty brief in his comments.

He said, 'We love Mark Telea, we are there for Mark Telea, we are feeling for Mark Telea, but our sole focus is what's coming on Saturday night and that's a redhot Irish outfit, the No.1 team in the world and a team many see as favourites to go all the way here in France.

The All Blacks have got a mighty challenge in front of them and can't afford to let the news of Mark Telea become a distraction.

Ollie Ritchie is Newshub's rugby reporter at the World Cup.