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10.June.2006

New Zealand v Ireland

Hamilton

7:35 PM

34-23

Injured Williams in doubt for Irish test

Lock Ali Williams had a peripheral role in the All Blacks' first practice session of the year today, raising questions over his availability for the first Test against Ireland next week.
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Ireland's hopes high as they head to NZ

One year on from his previous ill-fated visit, Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll appears to be upbeat about avoiding a repeat of last summer's blackwash at the hands of New Zealand.
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O'Connell confident this time

Key Ireland lock Paul O'Connell is coming to New Zealand hoping that the signs are pointing toward a more successful tour than on the last occasion he toured here with his national side.
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Jack Replaces Williams in Squad to play Ireland

Lock Chris Jack has officially joined the All Blacks squad for the two Tests against Ireland.
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Split squad will still be tough

New Zealand's splitting of its squads in the lead-up to the Philips Tri Nations series will ensure Ireland faces tough matches from players trying to impress the selectors.
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O'Driscoll relishes date with history

Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll sees the Test series against the All Blacks as a chance to put another tick in the plus column for Irish rugby.
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McCaw confident in twin prongs

New Zealand's twin-pronged flanker approach by captain Richie McCaw and Marty Holah, for the first Test against Ireland, is not a new concept.
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Irish look for second Test lift

Ireland has set its sights on a second Test improvement when meeting the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.
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O'Connell respects All Blacks pack

Leading Ireland lock Paul O'Connell has lauded the All Blacks forward pack while also expressing confidence in his own scrum before Saturday's first Test in Hamilton.
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Selectors see merit in twin flyers

After years of hinting at its potential, the All Blacks coaches have finally combined the snaffling talents of Richie McCaw and Marty Holah.
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