LIVE BLOG: Ireland 40-29 New Zealand as it happened

LIVE BLOG: Ireland 40-29 New Zealand as it happened


The Irish are taking over Chicago tonight! And on that note, we'll bid you farewell for this evening. It has been a momentous day for Irish sport. At long last, a 111-year wait has come to an end. Ireland had so many fine performers, but the team performance as a whole won them the game, bringing an end to New Zealand's 18-game winning streak. I'm sure there'll be a few more pints had tonight, savour the moment folks, these ones don't come around very often!

Great support as always for Ireland #TeamOfUs #shouldertoshoulder #homeadvantage

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Even the All Blacks Twitter account is full of praise for Ireland, a classy post here from them.


For anyone who missed this earlier. The Irish players formed a no.8 in honour of Anthony Foley when facing the Haka before the game. A lovely tribute.

Ireland form figure 8 in memory of Anthony Foley as they face the haka #shouldertoshoulder #TeamOfUs

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Captain Rory Best has described the "ecstatic" feeling the win has given him, and thanked the Irish fans for making it feel like a home game. They were a noisy lot indeed!


Our picture provider Inpho have some fantastic images of a historic day in Ireland's sporting history...


Social media is awash with emotion. Some are too tired to even celebrate, but there'll be no regrets about staying up for this one...


This Irish family celebrated in style, with champagne at the ready upon the final whistle!


Twitter is going into meltdown, with a lot of love being thrown Ireland's way.


Here's what the IRFU have had to say for their boys: "Congratulations to Rory Best, his team-mates and Joe Schmidt's coaching staff. What a result. There is definitely something in the water here in Chicago! Ireland overcome the All Blacks for the first time in 111 years of meeting. The World champions' 18-match winning streak is also over."


Stay tuned for reaction to what is a momentous day in Irish sport. After over 100 years of trying, Ireland have finally beaten the All Blacks.


It's all over! Ireland win 40-29!


‘Ole, Ole, Ole’ is ringing out around Soldier Field. Carbery misses a penalty but NZ only have a minute left to find 11 points.


What a response from Ireland, who get their fifth try through Henshaw, who powers through and crosses the whitwash! Carbery converts on his debut to move Ireland 11 points ahead with just three minutes to go!


Ten minutes to go. This is nail-biting stuff, with New Zealand on the attack again.


Twitter is loving this match, whatever happens from here!


Carbery has come a long way in short space of time, but he's walked right into the firing line here. NZ are on the up in this match.


Oh my word, New Zealand grab another try through Scott Barrett, who exploited a gap left by Toner. The Kiwi's big brother converts too and Ireland’s lead is down to four: 33-29 to the underdogs.


Zebo impresses with an outrageous catch on the move. Less than 20 minutes left of normal time, Ireland need everyone to be on on top of their game, and Zebo certainly is.


Sexton has had to withdraw through that injury, Carbery is on in his place. What a scenario to make your debut!


Ireland add three points to their lead with a precious penalty, which Murray converts with Sexton struggling having suffered a knock on his knee. Ireland 33-22 New Zealand.


Still an eight-point lead for Ireland, but what sort of mental state are they in after conceding back-to-back tries? They need to retain possession and composure, or this lead could slip away.


Uh oh, New Zealand mean business here. Ben Smith scores another try for the world champions, a debatable one at that, and his team-mate Barrett converts - just about. It's now Ireland 30-22 New Zealand with 24 minutes left.


It's an enthralling game by the way, a great advert for rugby for the American audience.


Hold up, let's not get carried away just yet. NZ have pulled a try back through TJ Perenara. The conversion is a simple one and it's now 30-15 in Ireland's favour, it's far from over yet!


Try for Ireland! In their first attack of the second-half, Simon Zebo is played in for a simple try, Ireland’s fourth of the match, incredible scenes! Sexton misses the conversion from a tight angle, but Ireland lead 30-8


Moody escapes another yellow card, but concedes a penalty, which Sexton drills brilliantly into the corner. Ireland are on the attack again.


Ireland survive the bombardment and have regained possession. Play has stopped momentarily as the referee reviews what looked like a high challenge on Kearney. Moody was the guilty party once again.


New Zealand have come back out like a wounded animal. They're bombarding the Irish defence here, but Schmidt's men are holding firm so far.


We're back up and running, sit tight folks, history could be in the making here!


One fan has hit the nail on the head with this tweet as we await the second-half to begin!


Of course, we were in a similar position the last time the sides met, and it all came crashing down, as some have been pointing out on Twitter.


Great picture here from our friends at Inpho Photography. Murray looks pretty pleased with himself, and rightly so!


Sexton kicks into touch and that's that for the first-half, and what a half from Ireland it was! The Irish are playing with the type of tenacity that would make the late Anthony Foley very proud indeed. Stay tuned for some social media reaction during the interval.


Some stats here courtesy of the IRFU as we're moments away from half-time, Ireland are putting in a barnstorming display so far.


Murray is getting lots of love on Twitter after grabbing Ireland's third and best try so far. The All Blacks are rattled!


Try for Ireland! Conor Murray with an absolute steal, great awareness and anticipation as he bursts clear unchallenged and touches down. He sets up Sexton with a simple conversion and Ireland are now 25-8 up with 35 minutes played!


Poor Jordi Murphy, he looks devastated at having to leave the field, with Josh van der Flier having replaced him. Meanwhile, Ireland have a scrum in the centre of the field.


We're back underway but without Murphy, who has had to leave the field with a serious looking knee injury.


The All Blacks have injury problems of their own here as play comes to a halt.


Rob Kearney is having a real impact on this game, the All Blacks are struggling with him. Meanwhile, Ireland's first try scorer - Jordi Murphy - is down injured and looks in a pretty bad way.


Sexton restores Ireland's 10-point advantage with another penalty, the Kiwis continue to make mistakes and Ireland are growing in confidence here. Ireland 18 NZ 8, 25 minutes gone.


New Zealand claw into Ireland’s lead as Barrett converts a penalty. It’s now Ireland 15 New Zealand 8.


Ireland are flying and have another try! CJ Stander bulldozed his way over the line, but Sexton misses the conversion. Nonetheless, Ireland now lead 15-5. The Irish are really taking advantage of NZ being down to 10 men momentarily following a yellow card for Joe Moody.


Try for Ireland! Jordi Murphy has been credited with crossing the whitewash, again after the referee consulted his TMO. Johnny Sexton converts to give Ireland a five-point lead. 10-5 to Ireland!

Look at this nice touch. As they faced the Haka, the Ireland players lined up in a No.8 form in honour of the late Anthony Foley. Lovely.


Try to New Zealand! The referee conferred with the TMO, who confirmed George Moala’s score was legitimate. A big blow for Ireland, but at least NZ failed to convert. They lead Ireland 5-3.


Great start for Ireland as they force NZ into two errors, the second of which led to a penalty, which Johnny Sexton has converted. 3-0 Ireland with four minutes played.


Right, the Haka is done and the ball is in play. The atmosphere is a little subdued, but hold on to your hats anyway!


Right, after a few technical difficulties, we're back up and running in time for the start of the match. Sorry about that.

But first, here's a video from the All Blacks Twitter feed, showcasing just how beautiful this stadium is as the crowd begins to gather.

19.31 Coming up in a minute we'll have some Twitter comments from those chatting about the game, which is less than half an hour away now!

19.26 So some of you are probably wondering where you can actually watch the game. If you’re living in Britain, the match can be watched on BT Sport (coverage begins at 7.45pm). If you’re living in Ireland, you’ll find it on Eir Sport. 

19.22 At this point, it's probably worth a reminder to refresh this page regularly for updates. If you're on a laptop or PC, pressing F5 will do the trick.

19.20 Even big second row Devin Toner has been taken aback by the volume of supporters of rugby in Chicago. Here's a post from his Instagram account.

Never knew there was so many rugby fans in Chicago! A photo posted by Devin Toner (@devtoner) on

19.12 You may be wondering why this game is taking place in America, but rugby is actually catching on in the US. Here's a word from Gotham Knights RFC coach Sebastian Cray on why that is.

19.00 Good evening folks and welcome to our live coverage of Ireland's Test match against New Zealand in Chicago. Kick-off is not for another hour but there's plenty to get through before then, not least the famous Haka! Stay tuned for regular updates including images, videos, soundbites and comment. Once the game gets underway, we'll keep you abreast of every significant moment!