Green is the colour as sensational Ireland stun the All Blacks in Dublin

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Johnny Sexton supported by Iain Henderson

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Ireland celebrated their greatest win of the Andy Farrell era so far as they deservedly held on to defeat New Zealand 29-20 in a pulsating Dublin Test match.

The Irish controlled much of Saturday's frenetic contest against the world's top-ranked side at Aviva Stadium.

A trio of late penalties from Joey Carbery ultimately proved crucial following tries from native Kiwi James Lowe, Ronan Kelleher and Caelan Doris.

New Zealand, who lost fly-half Beauden Barrett to injury early on, arrived in the Irish capital in record-breaking form having scored an unprecedented 675 points and 96 tries in winning 12 of 13 fixtures this calendar year.

Although Ian Foster's men struggled to contain the hosts, they remained within touching distance until the final whistle following scores from Codie Taylor and Will Jordan, while Akira Ioane had a try chalked off.

But they could have few complaints about the end result as Ireland impressively registered only a third win from 33 meetings with their opponents to partially avenge their World Cup quarter-final exit of 2019, which marked the end of Joe Schmidt's reign.

Ireland's build-up included the disruption of undergoing additional PCR testing on Friday following the false alarm of a potential case of coronavirus for an unnamed player, in addition to a letter of support from United States President Joe Biden, who has Irish ancestry.

Captains' run - Irish skipper Johnny Sexton supported by Iain Henderson, the Ulster captain

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