2012 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand

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2012 Wales rugby union tour of Australia
Coach(es): Declan Kidney
Tour captain(s): Brian O'Driscoll
Top test point scorer(s): Jonathan Sexton (19)
Top test try scorer(s): Fergus McFadden (1)
Conor Murray (1)
Type P W D L
Total: 3 0 0 3
Test match: 3 0 0 3
Opp. P W D L
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3
Statistics against Test match opponents
Previous tour: Australia & New Zealand 2010
Next tour: Canada & USA 2013

In June 2012, Ireland toured New Zealand playing three Tests against the All Blacks.[1] The Irish tour was one in a series of tours by northern teams to be hosted by southern hemisphere nations.

Marketed as the 'Steinlager Series', it was Ireland's first-ever three-Test series against the All Blacks, and the first three-Test tour of New Zealand since the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour. The series marked the beginning of a global calendar that runs through until 2019, as announced by the IRB in 2010.[2]

In planning the series, it was anticipated that Ireland would also face provincial and Māori opposition, however, to allow Ireland to focus on the Tests, the IRFU decided that there would be no mid-week fixtures.[3]

New Zealand won the series 3–0. In the third and final Test in Hamilton on 23 June, the All Blacks won 60–0, inflicting upon Ireland their largest-ever defeat.[4][5]

Test matches[edit]

First Test[edit]

9 June 2012
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  42–10  Ireland
Try: Savea (3) 25' c, 37' c, 43' c
Thomson 54' m
C. Smith 77' c
Con: Carter (4/5) 26', 38', 45, 78
Pen: Carter (3/3) 5', 14', 17'
Report Try: McFadden 48' c
Con: Sexton (1/1) 49'
Pen: Sexton (1/1) 7'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 43,300
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Israel Dagg
RW 14 Zac Guildford Substituted off 52'
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Sonny Bill Williams
LW 11 Julian Savea Substituted off 64'
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 56'
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Victor Vito Substituted off 46'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick Substituted off 52'
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 61'
HK 2 Andrew Hore Substituted off 61'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Hikawera Elliot Substituted in 61'
PR 17 Ben Franks Substituted in 61'
LK 18 Ali Williams Substituted in 52'
FL 19 Adam Thomson Substituted in 46'
SH 20 Piri Weepu Substituted in 56'
FH 21 Aaron Cruden Substituted in 64'
WG 22 Ben Smith Substituted in 52'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Fergus McFadden
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c)
IC 12 Keith Earls Substituted off 72'
LW 11 Simon Zebo
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton Substituted off 57'
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 61'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sean O'Brien
BF 6 Peter O'Mahony Substituted off 61'
RL 5 Donnacha Ryan
LL 4 Dan Tuohy Substituted off 61'
TP 3 Declan Fitzpatrick Substituted off 55'
HK 2 Rory Best
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 71'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 71'
PR 17 Ronan Loughney Substituted in 55'
LK 18 Donncha O'Callaghan Substituted in 61'
N8 19 Kevin McLaughlin Substituted in 61'
SH 20 Eoin Reddan Substituted in 61'
FH 21 Ronan O'Gara Substituted in 57'
OC 22 Darren Cave Substituted in 72'
Coach:
Ireland Declan Kidney

Touch judges:
South Africa Jaco Peyper
Australia James Leckie
Television match official:
Australia Matt Goddard

Second Test[edit]

16 June 2012
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  22–19  Ireland
Try: A. Smith 42' c
Con: Carter (1/1)
Pen: Carter (4/5) 22', 30', 35', 64'
Drop: Carter (1/1) 81'
Report Try: Murray 11' c
Con: Sexton (1/1)
Pen: Sexton (4/5) 20', 47', 65', 69'
Rugby League Park, Christchurch
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Israel Dagg Temporarily suspended from 71' to 80' 71' to 80'
RW 14 Zac Guildford
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Sonny Bill Williams
LW 11 Julian Savea Substituted off 73'
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 64'
N8 8 Kieran Read Substituted off 40'
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Adam Thomson Substituted off 65' Substituted in 69'
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brodie Retallick Substituted off 64' Substituted in 65' Substituted off 69'
TP 3 Owen Franks Substituted off 57'
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Hikawera Elliot
PR 17 Ben Franks Substituted in 57'
LK 18 Ali Williams Substituted in 64'
LK 19 Sam Cane Substituted in 40'
SH 20 Piri Weepu Substituted in 64'
FH 21 Aaron Cruden
WG 22 Ben Smith Substituted in 73'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Fergus McFadden
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c)
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy Substituted off 51'
LW 11 Andrew Trimble
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 64'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sean O'Brien
BF 6 Kevin McLaughlin Substituted off 61'
RL 5 Donnacha Ryan
LL 4 Dan Tuohy Substituted off 58'
TP 3 Mike Ross
HK 2 Rory Best
LP 1 Cian Healy
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin
PR 17 Declan Fitzpatrick
LK 18 Donncha O'Callaghan Substituted in 58'
N8 19 Peter O'Mahony Substituted in 61'
SH 20 Eoin Reddan Substituted in 64'
FH 21 Ronan O'Gara Substituted in 51'
WG 22 Simon Zebo
Coach:
Ireland Declan Kidney

Touch judges:
France Romain Poite
France Pascal Gauzere
Television match official:
Australia Matt Goddard

  • This was Ireland's first Test match in Christchurch.

Third Test[edit]

23 June 2012
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  60–0  Ireland
Try: Cane (2) 6' c, 43' c
Williams (2) 11' c, 18' c
B. Smith 22' m
Gear 49' m
Messam 57' m
Dagg 62' c
Thomson 72' c
Con: Cruden (2/2) 7', 12'
Dagg (1/2) 19'
Barrett (3/5) 44', 63', 73'
Pen: Cruden (0/1)
Barrett (1/1) 40'
Report
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 25,100
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
FB 15 Israel Dagg
RW 14 Ben Smith
OC 13 Conrad Smith Substituted off 60'
IC 12 Sonny Bill Williams
LW 11 Hosea Gear
FH 10 Aaron Cruden Substituted off 23'
SH 9 Aaron Smith Substituted off 60'
N8 8 Richie McCaw (c)
OF 7 Sam Cane Substituted off 69'
BF 6 Liam Messam
RL 5 Sam Whitelock Substituted off 57'
LL 4 Luke Romano
TP 3 Owen Franks
HK 2 Andrew Hore Substituted off 43'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock Substituted off 76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu Substituted in 43'
PR 17 Ben Franks Substituted in 76'
LK 18 Brodie Retallick Substituted in 57'
FL 19 Adam Thomson Substituted in 69'
SH 20 Piri Weepu Substituted in 60'
FH 21 Beauden Barrett Substituted in 23'
IC 22 Tamati Ellison Substituted in 60'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Rob Kearney Temporarily suspended from 40' to 50' 40' to 50'
RW 14 Fergus McFadden
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c)
IC 12 Paddy Wallace Substituted off 54'
LW 11 Keith Earls Substituted off 50' Substituted in 54' Substituted off 73'
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 59'
N8 8 Peter O'Mahony
OF 7 Sean O'Brien
BF 6 Kevin McLaughlin Substituted off 54'
RL 5 Donnacha Ryan
LL 4 Dan Tuohy Substituted off 55'
TP 3 Mike Ross Substituted off 59'
HK 2 Rory Best Substituted off 68'
LP 1 Cian Healy
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 68'
PR 17 Declan Fitzpatrick Substituted in 59'
LK 18 Donncha O'Callaghan Substituted in 55'
FL 19 Chris Henry Substituted in 54'
SH 20 Eoin Reddan Substituted in 59'
FH 21 Ronan O'Gara Substituted in 54'
WG 22 Andrew Trimble Substituted in 50' Substituted off 54' Substituted in 73'
Coach:
Ireland Declan Kidney

Touch judges:
France Pascal Gauzere
Australia James Leckie
Television match official:
Australia Matt Goddard

  • New Zealand's 60–0 victory was their largest-ever winning margin against Ireland.[6]
  • Beauden Barrett made his international debuts for New Zealand.

Touring squad[edit]

Ireland's 30-man squad for the three-Test tour of New Zealand. Ireland's initial squad for the clash against the Barbarians was announced on 15 May, no Leinster players were selected due to the RaboDirect PRO12 final.[7][8] Ireland's 29-man squad for the three-Test tour of New Zealand was named on 21 May. Four additional players were added to the squad.[9] Tommy Bowe was ruled out of the tour in early April after undergoing surgery to remove a haematoma.[10] Stephen Ferris was ruled out of the tour due to a calf injury, he was replaced by McLaughlin.[11] Isaac Boss was ruled out of the tour owing to an ongoing thigh problem, he was replaced by Marshall.[12] Paul O'Connell was ruled out of the tour after failing to recover sufficiently from a knee injury, he was replaced by McCarthy.[13] The additional players were Wilkinson and Henry. Loughney was also included to provide cover for Ross.[14]

Head Coach: Declan Kidney

  • Caps updated before tour. Ages are as of the first Test on 9 June.


Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Rory Best Hooker (1982-08-15)15 August 1982 (aged 29) 59 Ulster
Sean Cronin Hooker (1986-05-06)6 May 1986 (aged 26) 19 Leinster
Mike Sherry Hooker (1988-06-18)18 June 1988 (aged 23) 0 Munster
Declan Fitzpatrick Prop (1983-07-12)12 July 1983 (aged 28) 0 Ulster
Cian Healy Prop (1987-10-07)7 October 1987 (aged 24) 30 Leinster
Ronan Loughney Prop (1984-11-01)1 November 1984 (aged 27) 0 Connacht
Mike Ross Prop (1979-12-21)21 December 1979 (aged 32) 20 Leinster
Brett Wilkinson Prop (1983-11-29)29 November 1983 (aged 28) 0 Connacht
Mike McCarthy Lock (1981-11-27)27 November 1981 (aged 30) 4 Connacht
Donncha O'Callaghan Lock (1979-03-24)24 March 1979 (aged 33) 85 Munster
Donnacha Ryan Lock (1983-12-11)11 December 1983 (aged 28) 18 Munster
Dan Tuohy Lock (1985-06-18)18 June 1985 (aged 26) 2 Ulster
Chris Henry Flanker (1984-10-17)17 October 1984 (aged 27) 1 Ulster
Kevin McLaughlin Flanker (1984-09-20)20 September 1984 (aged 27) 2 Leinster
Sean O'Brien Flanker (1987-02-14)14 February 1987 (aged 25) 19 Leinster
Jamie Heaslip Number 8 (1983-12-15)15 December 1983 (aged 28) 48 Leinster
Peter O'Mahony Number 8 (1989-09-17)17 September 1989 (aged 22) 4 Munster
Paul Marshall Scrum-half (1985-07-26)26 July 1985 (aged 26) 0 Ulster
Conor Murray Scrum-half (1989-04-20)20 April 1989 (aged 23) 9 Munster
Eoin Reddan Scrum-half (1980-11-20)20 November 1980 (aged 31) 42 Leinster
Ronan O'Gara Fly-half (1977-03-07)7 March 1977 (aged 35) 121 Munster
Jonathan Sexton Fly-half (1985-07-11)11 July 1985 (aged 26) 29 Leinster
Darren Cave Centre (1987-04-05)5 April 1987 (aged 25) 2 Ulster
Gordon D'Arcy Centre (1980-02-10)10 February 1980 (aged 32) 68 Leinster
Keith Earls Centre (1987-10-02)2 October 1987 (aged 24) 30 Munster
Brian O'Driscoll Centre (1979-01-21)21 January 1979 (aged 33) 117 Leinster
Fergus McFadden Wing (1986-06-17)17 June 1986 (aged 25) 11 Leinster
Andrew Trimble Wing (1984-10-20)20 October 1984 (aged 27) 46 Ulster
Simon Zebo Wing (1990-03-16)16 March 1990 (aged 22) 0 Munster
Rob Kearney Fullback (1986-03-26)26 March 1986 (aged 26) 38 Leinster

Coaching and management team[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Declan Kidney
Team Manager Michael Kearney

Home squad[edit]

New Zealand 30-man squad named for the three-Test series against Ireland. Hika Elliot will train with the squad to provide cover for Keven Mealamu.[15]

Head Coach: Steve Hansen

  • Caps updated before tour. Ages are as of the first Test on 9 June.


Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Hikawera Elliot Hooker (1986-01-22)22 January 1986 (aged 26) 3 Chiefs
Andrew Hore Hooker (1978-09-13)13 September 1978 (aged 33) 62 Highlanders
Keven Mealamu Hooker (1979-03-20)20 March 1979 (aged 33) 92 Blues
Wyatt Crockett Prop (1983-01-24)24 January 1983 (aged 29) 6 Crusaders
Ben Franks Prop (1984-03-27)27 March 1984 (aged 28) 15 Crusaders
Owen Franks Prop (1987-12-23)23 December 1987 (aged 24) 31 Crusaders
Ben Tameifuna Prop (1991-08-30)30 August 1991 (aged 20) 0 Chiefs
Tony Woodcock Prop (1981-01-27)27 January 1981 (aged 31) 83 Blues
Brodie Retallick Lock (1991-05-31)31 May 1991 (aged 21) 0 Chiefs
Luke Romano Lock (1986-02-16)16 February 1986 (aged 26) 0 Crusaders
Sam Whitelock Lock (1988-10-12)12 October 1988 (aged 23) 25 Crusaders
Ali Williams Lock (1981-04-30)30 April 1981 (aged 30) 73 Blues
Sam Cane Flanker (1992-01-13)13 January 1992 (aged 20) 0 Chiefs
Richie McCaw (c) Flanker (1980-12-31)31 December 1980 (aged 31) 103 Crusaders
Adam Thomson Flanker (1982-03-13)13 March 1982 (aged 30) 24 Highlanders
Kieran Read Number 8 (1985-10-26)26 October 1985 (aged 26) 36 Crusaders
Victor Vito Number 8 (1987-03-27)27 March 1987 (aged 25) 13 Hurricanes
Aaron Smith Scrum-half (1988-11-21)21 November 1988 (aged 23) 0 Highlanders
Piri Weepu Scrum-half (1983-09-07)7 September 1983 (aged 28) 56 Blues
Beauden Barrett Fly-half (1991-05-27)27 May 1991 (aged 21) 0 Hurricanes
Dan Carter(vc) Fly-half (1982-03-05)5 March 1982 (aged 30) 85 Crusaders
Aaron Cruden Fly-half (1989-01-08)8 January 1989 (aged 23) 9 Chiefs
Tamati Ellison Centre (1983-04-01)1 April 1983 (aged 29) 1 Highlanders
Ma'a Nonu Centre (1982-05-21)21 May 1982 (aged 30) 66 Blues
Conrad Smith Centre (1981-10-12)12 October 1981 (aged 30) 55 Hurricanes
Sonny Bill Williams Centre (1985-08-03)3 August 1985 (aged 26) 14 Chiefs
Hosea Gear Wing (1984-03-16)16 March 1984 (aged 28) 8 Highlanders
Zac Guildford Wing (1989-08-02)2 August 1989 (aged 22) 8 Crusaders
Julian Savea Wing (1990-08-07)7 August 1990 (aged 21) 0 Hurricanes
Israel Dagg Fullback (1988-06-06)6 June 1988 (aged 24) 12 Crusaders
Ben Smith Fullback (1986-06-01)1 June 1986 (aged 26) 2 Highlanders

Coaching and management team[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Steve Hansen
Team Manager Darren Shand

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kiwis to face Ireland in Christchurch espnscrum.com
  2. ^ Ireland to play three Tests in New Zealand in 2012 as old-style Tours make welcome return dailymail.co.uk
  3. ^ Irish snub NZ game plan independent.ie
  4. ^ "Ireland End Tour With Heavy Loss". irishrugby.ie. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "As it happened: New Zealand 60–0 Ireland". RTÉ Sport. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  6. ^ All Blacks complete series sweep over Ireland with record breaking win, Radio New Zealand, Updated 24 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Seven uncapped players in Ireland squad". ESPN Scrum. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ireland XV Named For Barbarians Clash". Irish Rugby. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ireland name squad to face All Blacks". ESPN Scrum. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bowe set to miss New Zealand tour". ESPN Scrum. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ferris ruled out of NZ tour". Planet Rugby. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Isaac Boss ruled out of Ireland's tour to New Zealand". Irish Independent. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "O'Connell ruled out of June Tests". ESPN Scrum. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Kidney confirms final touring party". ESPN Scrum. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "All Blacks name seven new caps". Planet Rugby. 2 June 2012. 

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