The three-times champions had lost two of their last three matches against the Irish but Saturday's performance better reflected the All Black's overall record against the men in green which now stands at 29 wins to two defeats, with one draw. After a tight opening 10 minutes, New Zealand flexed their peerless rugby muscles after which the result was never in doubt.
Numerous nations are assured of at least a playoff place due to their performance in the inaugural UEFA Nations League, while others need results as we move deeper into the second half of qualifying.
Euro Qualifying Date: Thurs.
Russia trails the Red Devils by three points in Group I, but San Marino will be hard-pressed to prevent the joint-highest scoring team in qualifying 19 goals from clinching another three points.
The Three Lions boast a three-point advantage over their Czech hosts at the Group A summit, and the right set of results this weekend could see them move clear by six. The same goes for Group B leaders Ukraine, who are five points ahead of Portugal—albeit having played a game more than the European champions—and host Lithuania with a chance to increase that gap.
Elsewhere, Italy will attempt to keep up their perfect run through Group J when they host Greece on Saturday when Spain makes the trip to Norway seeking their seventh win in as many Group F games. If you sign up to a service by clicking one of the links, we may earn a referral fee.