Ireland v New Zealand LIVE: Rugby World Cup 2023 score updates as All Blacks lead quarter-final

Ireland v New Zealand LIVE: Rugby World Cup 2023 score updates as All Blacks lead quarter-final

The All Blacks produced a sensational performance to win an epic duel and knock out the world No 1-ranked Ireland

Ireland continue preparations for New Zealand clash

Ireland have been knocked out of the World Cup following a 28-24 quarter-final defeat to New Zealand at Stade de France.

The momentum of a tight match shifted in Ireland’s favour in the second half when they were awarded a penalty try after Codie Taylor collapsed a maul, bringing themselves back to within a point and their cause was further boosted when the All Blacks hooker was sin-binned for his infringement.

But 14-man New Zealand opened up a four-point cushion five minutes later when Jordie Barrett – who had missed a long-range attempt moments later – kicked a penalty from the 4src-metre line.

Ireland, who had been playing catch-up for the majority of an exhilarating encounter, were unable to find the try they needed in the closing stages as the All Blacks held on to seal a 28-24 win and set up a last-four meeting with Argentina next Friday.

Follow all the reaction from Paris below, get all the latest Rugby World Cup odds here.


Thirty-seven phases of agony define Ireland’s greatest heartbreak as curse continues

This time was supposed to be different. This Ireland team were different… Are different. But, come the end, the result was the same. On quarter-final weekend, for the eighth time in 1src Rugby World Cups, Ireland head home defeated and the wait for a first-ever knockout win goes on.

By Luke Baker in Paris:

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Ireland captain Johnny Sexton

“I’m very proud of the boys, the nation, the country. We couldn’t have done any more really. We got over the line towards the end [but couldn’t get the try]. We felt like they suckerpunched us for some of their tries and we had to work hard for our opportunities. But that’s what great champions do.”

On retiring: “It’s been amazing, these last six weeks have been a dream. This group, these fans, and I’m just gutted we couldn’t do it for them. You’ve got to work for fairytale endings, and we didn’t get it. That’s life. We didn’t leave any stone unturned. We trained the house down. Fair play to the All Blacks, they’re a very good team.”

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New Zealand head coach Ian Foster

“They’re an incredibly proud team with an incredible record coming into this one,” he says of Ireland. “But we’ve been here before. It’s knockout rugby. I th

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