The Irish Rugby Union unveiled details of their New Zealand Tour this summer on Tuesday. Three matches will be on the menu.
While the XV of France will go to Japan, England will go to Australia and Wales will challenge South Africa, Ireland will go to New Zealand for their Summer Tour 2022, and the details were revealed on Tuesday by the Irish Federation. The XV of Clover will be opposed to the All Blacks on July 2 in Auckland (Eden Park, where New Zealand remains on 46 straight wins), July 9 in Dunedin and July 16 in Wellington. Matches kicking off at 7:05 p.m. French time. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ireland was forced, like other countries in the Northern Hemisphere, to cancel its last two Summer Tours, when it was due to visit Australia in 2020 and Fiji in 2021. The year 2022 will therefore be an opportunity for the XV du Clover to play its first Tour since 2018, where it won two out of three matches in Australia.
Two teams in the World Top 4
This confrontation against the Blacks promises to be of a very high level, between the teams ranked n°3 and n°4 in the World Rugby rankings. Their last encounter dates back to last November, when Ireland triumphed brilliantly 29-20 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and the last Summer Tour in 2012, when the Blacks won all three games. Andy Farrell’s men remain on a very good 6 Nations Tournament, where they lost only one match, against France (30-24), and finished second, while Ian Foster’s men also suffered their last defeat against France, in the famous 40-25 at the Stade de France last November. A year and a half before the World Cup, this Tour should allow us to learn some important lessons.