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The All Blacks take on Ireland in the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Saturday night, here’s all you need to know about the match.

The match will be the second quarterfinal of the tournament – it’s being held at 7.15pm Japan time (11.15pm NZT) at Tokyo Stadium in the nation’s capital.

Tokyo Stadium has a capacity of 49,970 and is a 40 minute train ride west of central Tokyo.

Welsh referee Nigel Owens will control the match and will be assisted by Pascal Gauzere from France and Angus Gardner from Australia, while Graham Hughes will be the Television Match Official.

The match will be broadcast All Blacks vs Ireland live on Spark Sport in New Zealand, on delay on TVNZ1 and will be live blogged by RNZ.

New Zealand had four strong options for two midfield positions, choosing Goodhue after only 11 tests and Lienert-Brown, who has been among its best players at the tournament. Sonny Bill Williams is on the bench to add off-loading ability late in the game while veteran Ryan Crotty was omitted.

Goodhue has struggled throughout the tournament with a minor hamstring strain but is a line-breaker who fits better into the All Blacks’ intended game plan.

Richie Mo’unga starts at fly-half with Beauden Barrett is at full-back. Mo’unga has made the fly-half position his own since he took over from Barrett in that role this year as the All Blacks continued to pursue a two playmaker role.

His confident performances through the World Cup so far and New Zealand’s increasing familiarity with dual playmakers made his selection inevitable.

New Zealand has gambled on the fitness of lock Brodie Retallick who has played only one match in three months after sustaining a dislocated shoulder injury during a Rugby Championship test against South Africa in July. Retallick returned in the pool match against Namibia on Oct. 6.

Veteran full-back Ben Smith has been displaced from the reserves bench by utility Jordie Barrett meaning all three Barrett brothers Beauden, Jordie and lock Scott are in the match 23.

Codie Taylor will start at hooker ahead of Dane Coles who is on the bench.

New Zealand has retained wingers Sevu Reece and George Bridge, who share only 12 test appearances. The young pair have claimed the wing roles from Smith and Rieko Ioane, sharpening the All Blacks attacking play.

Aaron Smith will start at scrum-half with T.J. Perenara on the bench as the All Blacks selectors have stuck with their experienced pair in the face of the strong performances of Brad Weber.

The match will be the second quarterfinal of the tournament – it’s being held at 7.15pm Japan time (11.15pm NZT) at Tokyo Stadium in the nation’s capital.

Tokyo Stadium has a capacity of 49,970 and is a 40 minute train ride west of central Tokyo.

Welsh referee Nigel Owens will control the match and will be assisted by Pascal Gauzere from France and Angus Gardner from Australia, while Graham Hughes will be the Television Match Official.

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