Ireland rugby makes history in New Zealand
Andy Farrell’s Ireland Rugby Union team withstood a second-half fightback from the All Blacks to win a series in New Zealand for the first time on Saturday. The Ireland team produced a performance to saviour, earning them a historic series win over the All Blacks and winning the series 2-1. It is the first time in 28 years since the All Blacks lost a test series on home soil. The France team was the last team to do so.
Furthermore, winning the Steinlager Series will give the Ireland team great confidence leading up to the Rugby Union World Cup in just over 12 months. The Rugby Union World Cup will be hosted in France next year. The series win also means that Ireland is the new number one team in world rugby.
Reflecting on the game, Andy Farrell said – “This is the hardest thing you can do in rugby by a country mile, especially when you take it down to the last game – and we know from history that the All Blacks are going to come out firing.”
England triumphed against Australia
The England team was victorious in Australia, winning the series 2-1 with a hard-fought win in the third test in Sydney. Marcus Smith sealed the victory after the break with a long-range effort. England held on to the lead at the end as Australia tried to find a winning score.