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As all those in Wellington let me know this morning, "What a glorious morning?"- what's not to love?

All Blacks v Ireland (Sun, 3:30am)

Image hosted by Photobucket.comWell, after the Welsh game I s'pose I'd better say that the All Blacks are gonna cream the Irish. And so I will. I don't think the Irish will have any chance beating the All Blacks for the first time ever but I do see Mr Henry is preparing us for a loss.

That leaves England next week and then the Grand Slam is in the bag - sorry Scotland, you'll have no chance. So, the more important game this weekend might turn out to be England v Australia.

But I'm getting head of myself. The All Blacks seem to be doing the decent thing with the tour and getting out amongst the communities and ensuring that the Originals, and in particular Dave Gallagher, are remembered - on 'em.

The teams:
Ireland
15 Geordan Murphy (Leicester), 14 Tommy Bowe (Ulster), 13 Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster), 12 Shane Horgan (Leinster), 11 Anthony Horgan (Munster), 10 R O'Gara (Munster), 9 P Stringer (Munster), 8 Denis Leamy (Munster), 7 Johnny O'Connor (Wasps), 6 Simon Easterby (Llanelli, captain), 5 Malcolm O'Kelly (Leinster), 4 Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster), 3 John Hayes (Munster), 2 Shane Byrne (Saracens), 1 Marcus Horan (Munster).
Replacements: 16 Rory Best (Ulster), 17 Simon Best (Ulster), 18 Matt McCullough (Ulster), 19 Neil Best (Ulster), 20 Kieran Campbell (Ulster), 21 David Humphreys (Ulster), 22 Girvan Dempsey (Leinster).

All Blacks
Leon MacDonald, Doug Howlett, Ma'a Nonu, Aaron Mauger, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Nick Evans, Piri Weepu, Mose Tuiali'i, Richie McCaw (captain), Sione Lauaki, Ali Williams, Jason Eaton, John Afoa, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Andrew Hore, Saimone Taumoepeau, Carl Hayman, Chris Jack, Rodney So'oialo, Jimmy Cowan, Mils Muliaina

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