Andy Farrell: The All Blacks are the final test of Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers

Andy Farrell hopes the Ireland tour of New Zealand will give it a “final try” and become a critical preparation for next year’s World Cup.

Ead coach Farrell is keen to take his team out of their comfort zone and on Tuesday a total of 40 men were selected for this month’s third straight series against the All Blacks.

Ireland have been happy for most of the past 18 months, winning 12 of their last 13 competitions, with Ian Foster’s Kiwis winning in Dublin in the fall.

But most of Farrell’s team, which includes five undefeated players, have yet to see world football outside of Europe after a coronavirus outbreak called for a ban. A 2020 trip to Australia and a planned trip to Fiji last year.

With the countdown to the 2023 World Cup in France just underway, the Englishman is eager to build knowledge and is ready for the big test of new progress.

“The good things you’ve seen over the last two years, we need to be better than that,” Farrell said of the upcoming tour.

“It was different there and so the trip was important for these children. We are gone.

We are thrilled to take this team to one of the toughest parts of world football to go and learn about ourselves.Andy Farrell

“We were boys in 20 hats and didn’t visit. Going around Auckland or Wellington or Dunedin is not like going to Ballsbridge (Dublin is home to Aviva Stadium) and people turning the window down and talking to you. good.

“This is very different; This is the right world football that is not the best and that is what we want right now.

“We are very happy to take this team to the hardest part of world rugby to go and learn about ourselves.

“This is the last, isn’t it? We’re talking about building a World Cup and what you want to do in that kind of situation is to try yourself at the best. “

Ireland will play test matches on July 2, 9 and 16 in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington, with midweek matches with the Maori All Blacks scheduled for June 29 and July 12.

The Irish did not win the All Blacks in New Zealand but have won three of the last five inter -national teams.

Johnny Sexton is part of the flying squad to captain the team, which includes Test freshmen Ciaran Frawley, Joe McCarthy, Jimmy O’Brien, Jeremy Loughman and Cian Prendergast.

Robert Baloucoune, Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell and Ronan Kelleher were suspended from the fight due to injuries.


Robert Baloucoune leaves Ireland tour with New Zealand due to leg problem (Donall Farmer/PA)

Speaking of Ulster wing Baloucoune, Farrell said: “He has a few things going on in his thigh that are muscular, it’s not a physical injury, it’s a good thing but it’s set up. the injury lasted four to six weeks.

“It’s good, really. We hurt ourselves as a coach because that’s the kind of journey that’s made for people like Rob to show his worth on the big stage.

“This is the start of our World Cup campaign and we want players like Rob to be involved in that process.”

Farrell also said he had no worries about the Irish colonies losing their club season, and their struggles with strong walls.

We are Ireland, our own organization, you know? We’re playing our own way and we’ve played against big teams before and we’re a real body.Andy Farrell

Leinster suffered their last loss to La Rochelle in the Champions Cup final in late May and then, like Ulster, saw victory in the United Rugby Championship semi-finals at the weekend. hala.

Munster played until the last quarter of both games, although Connacht did not make the URC game.

Farrell said: “There’s a lot of talk about Ireland and they’re playing like Munster? They’re playing like Leinster? They’re playing like Ulster? And so on.

“We’re Ireland, our own team, you know? We’re playing our own way and we’ve been against big teams before and we’re a real body.

“I think we’ve done really well with that kind of model, so no, it doesn’t apply to us.”

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