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The Green Machine: Ireland's Shot at Rugby World Cup History in the City of Lights

The Green Machine: Ireland’s Shot at Rugby World Cup History in the City of Lights

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Ireland‘s World Cup Quarter-Final Hoodoo

Ireland, despite their successes in other competitions, have struggled to make an impact in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals. They have never advanced beyond this stage, suffering seven eliminations throughout their history, including the last three tournaments. Whether due to injuries, underperformance, or coming up against stronger opponents, Ireland has yet to prove themselves in the business end of the competition.

In 2015, Ireland had their best chance at World Cup success. They entered the tournament as back-to-back Six Nations champions and had defeated strong teams like South Africa, Australia, and Argentina leading up to the competition. However, they faced Argentina in the quarter-finals without key players due to injuries and suspensions, resulting in a devastating loss. This defeat highlighted Ireland‘s struggles to overcome the quarter-final stage.

Ireland‘s Dreadful Quarter-Final Record

Ireland‘s record in Rugby World Cup quarter-finals is abysmal. They have never won a quarter-final match, losing all seven they have been in. Surprisingly, they haven’t even held the lead in a quarter-final match since 1995. This history of quarter-final struggles adds to the pressure on Ireland to break the curse and finally make it to the semi-finals.

Farrell’s Side on the Cusp of Levelling World Record Win Streak

If Ireland manages to secure victory in the quarter-final matchup against New Zealand, they will not only make history by reaching the semi-finals for the first time, but they will also tie the world record for the longest winning streak in men’s Test rugby. No other team has won more than 18 Tests in a row, but if Ireland wins, they will achieve their 18th consecutive victory.

During their winning run, Ireland has defeated every Tier 1 side in the world except Argentina. Notable wins include ending the All Blacks’ 18-match winning streak in 2016 and terminating England’s 18-match winning streak in 2017. Ireland‘s current form and their ability to secure victories against strong opponents make them a formidable contender in the Rugby World Cup.

All Blacks Firmly Have Revenge on Their Minds

The All Blacks, despite recent struggles, will enter the quarter-final match against Ireland with a revenge mission in mind. Ireland‘s series win on New Zealand soil in 2022 was a significant blow to the All Blacks, as it broke several long-standing records. This loss on home soil made the All Blacks determined to seek redemption in their encounter with Ireland in the World Cup.

Although this may not be considered a vintage All Blacks side, they still possess exceptional talent. With six former World Cup winners in their squad, they have the experience and quality to pose a threat to any opponent. Facing a highly rated Irish team, who have beaten the All Blacks in three of their last four meetings, the All Blacks will come out aggressively, relying on their ability to score tries from anywhere on the field.

The clash between Ireland and New Zealand promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams battling for their own goals. Ireland seeks to break their quarter-final curse and make history, while the All Blacks aim to avenge their series defeat to Ireland. The result of this match will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the Rugby World Cup and the legacies of both teams.


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G'day, mates! I'm Greg Buckley, and I've been reporting here in the land Down Under for the last 15 years. I'm all about sports and culture, so if there's a footy match or an art exhibit, you'll likely see me there. Let's give it a burl together, Australia!

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