New Zealand determined to seal series in Dunedin

Ian Foster confident of New Zealand’s chances in Dunedin game

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New Zealand head coach Ian Foster has expressed confidence in his side’s chances of sealing the series against Ireland when the two sides meet in Dunedin on Saturday.

The All Blacks have already taken a 1-0 series lead after a 42-19 win in the opener thanks to a brace from Ardie Savea and touchdowns from Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Quinn Tupaea and Pita Sowakula.

Foster will miss the experience of Sam Whitelock, who is ruled out of the game after being diagnosed with a delayed concussion. As a result, Scott Barrett was moved from the flank to the second row with Dalton Papalii drafted into the XV.

Ireland also made a lone change with Mack Hansen returning in place of Keith Earls.

“Week two is always tough, it’s a three-test schedule. We want to win the series, so that means this week, for us,” Foster said.

“We saw last week that there were two very good rugby teams in the park.

“The good thing is that we know how badly they want it.

“We saw that on Saturday so we know they’re going to be desperate to keep the series alive and so we shouldn’t be surprised that we have to move up and improve and we’ve talked about that.

“Talking is one thing and doing is another, but we are quite determined.”

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