Aer Lingus and Air New Zealand are engaged in a conspicuous rivalry on Twitter. The tweet-war began just hours before their respective teams play against each other in Dublin on Sunday. The bitter-sweet banter between the two airlines has brought a new lease of life into the Ireland versus New Zealand rematch that is expected to recreate the same electrifying moments as it did in Chicago.
Who started the Ireland versus New Zealand twitter war?
Going by the updates we are getting on Twitter, it is evident that Air New Zealand started the war of words. The updates were bountifully replied back by Irish airline Aer Lingus. In one such tweet by Aer Lingus, it read “Green is the new black.”
Obviously, it was a gleeful swipe at the All Blacks who lost to the Shamrocks in Chicago a fortnight ago. The Irish broke All Blacks’ 18 match undefeated run. It was the first time they managed to upset New Zealand in 111 years.
— Air New Zealand✈️ (@FlyAirNZ) November 18, 2016
Currently, the twitter hash-tag #AirlineChallenge and #IREvNZL are trending on Twitter.
Who is the favorite to win the Ireland versus New Zealand rematch?
On Sunday, the likes of Johnny Sexton and Connor Murray would take on the New Zealanders to bust the myth that their win against the All Blacks was a fluke. Ireland has made only change to their squad from their last match against the All Blacks. Sean O’Conor replaces Jordi Murphy.
Back home, New Zealand was devastated by a 7.8 earthquake on Monday. The All Blacks would love to give back something to their fans. Last week, they crushed Italy 68-10. Despite the heavy win, the Kiwis don’t start as favorites against their perennial underdog opponents.
The two teams have met 29 times so far. All Blacks have a startling 27-1 record in their favor with average score of 29-12. Despite the history backing them, they are won’t be starting as favorites in the game.
The 30th meeting at the Aviva Stadium could skew the record in favor of the Irish for the second time in last 15 days. The 40-29 win against their historic ‘masters’ might have just set the ball rolling for the Shamrocks.
Dublin will be hosting its 16th test match between the two nations. For the first time in 141 years, the All Blacks start as the Underdogs.
Betting odds for Ireland versus New Zealand
- Ireland – 6/1
- New Zealand – 1/8
- Draw – 40/1
Image courtesy: @Aer Lingus/ Twitter