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When is the third Test and how to watch

Ireland’s tour of New Zealand will go down to the decider after their historic victory over the All Blacks in the second Test.

The Irish had never before recorded a victory over the All Blacks on New Zealand soil but that all changed with victory in Dunedin.

Can they now go one better and claim a series victory?

How many Tests are there?

It is a three-Test series this month, with fixtures in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington.

What are the fixtures and results?

What TV channel are the games on?

The three Tests will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK. Alternatively, you can follow Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of all three matches.

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Bundee Aki has replaced the injured Garry Ringrose in the only change to Ireland’s starting XV.

Center Ringrose was forced off during last weekend’s historic 23-12 win in Dunedin following a sickening clash of heads which led to a red card for All Blacks prop Angus Ta’avao.

Victory for Andy Farrell’s side at Forsyth Barr Stadium was a first Irish success over the three-time world champions on New Zealand soil and leveled the series at 1-1 following a 42-19 defeat in Auckland.

Captain Johnny Sexton, who celebrated his 37th birthday on Monday, will play his 108th Test for Ireland, moving level with Paul O’Connell as his country’s fifth most-capped player.

He will once again be partnered by Leinster team-mate Jamison Gibson-Park in the half-backs, ahead of the recalled Aki and Robbie Henshaw in midfield and the back three of Hugo Keenan, James Lowe and Mack Hansen.

Farrell’s pack for the match at Sky Stadium is unchanged from the opening two meetings of the tour.

Loosehead prop Andrew Porter, who scored both of the tourists’ second-Test tries on Saturday, joins hooker Dan Sheehan and tighthead Tadhg Furlong in the front row.

Tadhg Beirne and vice-captain James Ryan continue in the lock positions, with No 8 Caelan Doris in the center of the back row, sandwiched between Peter O’Mahony and Josh Van Der Flier.

Keith Earls, who captained a second string side to a 30-24 win over the Maori All Blacks on Tuesday, is added to an otherwise unchanged bench due to Ringrose’s absence and Aki’s subsequent elevation.

Ireland XV: H Keenan (Leinster); M Hansen (Connacht), R Henshaw (Leinster), B Aki (Connacht), J Lowe (Leinster); J Sexton (Leinster, capt), J Gibson-Park (Leinster); A Porter (Leinster), D Sheehan (Leinster), T Furlong (Leinster), T Beirne (Munster), J Ryan (Leinster), P O’Mahony (Munster), J Van Der Flier (Leinster), C Doris (Leinster ).

Replacements: R Herring (Ulster), C Healy (Leinster), F Bealham (Connacht), K Treadwell (Ulster), J Conan (Leinster), C Murray (Munster), J Carbery (Munster), K Earls (Munster).

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The All Blacks have recalled fit-again lock Sam Whitelock.

Under huge pressure following their defeat in Dunedin last weekend, coach Ian Foster has rung the changes, handing rugby league convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck a potential Test debut off the bench.

Whitelock’s return from concussion sees Scott Barrett shift to the back row in place of the demoted Dalton Papalii.

Making room for vaunted Auckland Blues center Tuivasa-Sheck, Will Jordan has been promoted to start on the right wing, with Sevu Reece shifting to the left.

Experienced prop Nepo Laulala replaces tighthead Ofa Tuungafasi.

David Havili, who was expected to play in the first Test at Eden Park but was one of three players ruled out after positive Covid tests, starts at inside center in place of the discarded Quinn Tupaea.

In a much-changed bench, experienced hooker Dane Coles comes in for his first Test appearance of the season along with loose forward Akira Ioane.

New Zealand XV: J Barrett; Reece, R. Ioane, Havili, Jordan; B Barrett, Smith; Bower, Taylor, Laulala, Retallick, Whitelock; S Barrett, Cane (capt), Savea.

Replacements: Coles, Ross, Tu’ungafasi, A Ioane, Papalii, Fakatava, Mo’unga, Tuivasa-Sheck.


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