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New Zealand reach Rugby World Cup semis as Ireland fall short again

New Zealand reach Rugby World Cup semis as Ireland fall short again


Quarter-finals

Three-time champions New Zealand inflicted more World Cup heartbreak on Ireland on Saturday, beating them 28-24 to bring a disappointing end to Irish captain Johnny Sexton’s stellar career.

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Ireland's inside centre Bundee Aki dives across the line to score a try against New Zealand in their World Cup quarter-final on October 14, 2src23.

Ireland’s inside centre Bundee Aki dives across the line to score a try against New Zealand in their World Cup quarter-final on October 14, 2023. © Julien de Rosa, AFP

New Zealand withstood three comebacks from Ireland and two yellow cards to defeat the world number one team, avenging a historic home series defeat at the hands of Ireland last year.

Defeat ended Ireland’s run of 17 successive Test victories and denied them the chance of their first ever World Cup semi-final.

The All Blacks will come back to Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, to mee

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