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New Zealand Māori tear experimental Ireland side apart before first Test

Ireland endured a punishing start to their tour of New Zealand after an experimental side were dismantled by Māori All Blacks in Hamilton.

Andy Farrell fielded five uncapped players for the warm-up match and was left with plenty to ponder following a resounding 32-17 defeat.


Ireland’s head coach will quickly turn his attention to Saturday’s opening Test of a three-match series with the New Zealand in Auckland, where he will field a much-changed team and hope for a far greater showing.

Loughman lined up alongside fellow international debutants Ciarán Frawley, Jimmy O’Brien, Joe McCarthy and Cian Prendergast in a starting XV that contained just three players with more than six Test caps.

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Frawley, who kicked seven points during the contest, traded early penalties with rival fly-half Ioane as both sides attempted to get to grips with slippery conditions which contributed heavily to possession frequently changing hands.

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