2012 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand
|2012 Ireland rugby union tour of New Zealand|
|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)
|Previous tour||Australia & New Zealand 2010|
|Next tour||Canada & USA 2013|
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.
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.
|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'
- Three players made their full international debut for New Zealand: Brodie Retallick, Julian Savea and Aaron Smith.
- Three players made their full international debut for Ireland: Simon Zebo, Declan Fitzpatrick and Ronan Loughney.
|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'
- This was Ireland's first Test match in Christchurch.
|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'
- New Zealand's 60–0 victory was their largest-ever winning margin against Ireland.
- Beauden Barrett made his international debuts for New Zealand.
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. 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. Tommy Bowe was ruled out of the tour in early April after undergoing surgery to remove a haematoma. Stephen Ferris was ruled out of the tour due to a calf injury, he was replaced by McLaughlin. Isaac Boss was ruled out of the tour owing to an ongoing thigh problem, he was replaced by Marshall. Paul O'Connell was ruled out of the tour after failing to recover sufficiently from a knee injury, he was replaced by McCarthy. The additional players were Wilkinson and Henry. Loughney was also included to provide cover for Ross.
Head Coach: Declan Kidney
- Caps updated before tour. Ages are as of the first Test on 9 June.
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Coaching and management team
Head Coach: Steve Hansen