On Sunday we saw New Zealand just edge their opponents, and overturn a trailing match at Twickenham. Now the real test arrives for the All Blacks as they face the worlds second best team, Ireland.
The last time these two nations met it was New Zealand who came out on top, as it usually is. Out of the thirty fixtures between Ireland & The All Blacks, the Kiwi’s have won twenty-eight and drew once. Leaving reputations & past events behind, the two heavyweights of the world are going head to head and not even PaddyPower can tip a winner. It is EVS for both sides to win and 16/1 for an unpredictable draw. Paddy Power Rugby Betting.
The All Blacks are a team built on discipline and skill and one player, in particular, has that in abundance. Beauden Barrett is up for his third consecutive World Rugby Player Of The Year and if he does win, he will be the first player in history to win it three times in a row.
Speaking of trios, Beauden is one of three Barrett brothers who feature in the All Black squad. Jordie and Scott Barrett are likely to join their brother on field verse Ireland on the 17th of November. The New Zealand Internationals are three of seven siblings who were raised on a farm in Pungarehu. The Barrett’s have Irish roots in their family tree which will make the face off even more dramatic. Beauden is currently favourite to win the award at 5/4, shortly followed by Irishman Jonathan Sexton who is 6/4.
By the time the Rugby World Cup arrives in September 2019, we will know who the Player Of The Year is and it will give any team a surge of confidence. Although the odds are even for Ireland v New Zealand in November, the All Blacks are undeniable favourites at 10/11 to win their third World Cup on a bounce. It appears New Zealand has it all to win and lose…and we wonder who the team will be to ruin the celebrations.