GALLERY: Ireland squad settle into the Windy City ahead of New Zealand clash

Jamie Heaslip, Josh van der Flier and Ultan Dillane have all been speaking to the media this week

Jamie Heaslip

Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan 

Ireland aim to make history at Soldier Field this Saturday night (9pm Irish time) as they face New Zealand in the first of two Tests against the All Blacks. 

Steve Hansen's all-conquering side have been in irresistible form so far this year, claiming the Rugby Championship with victory over the Springboks and with two games to spare. 

Ireland, meanwhile, come off the back of defeat during their Tour of South Africa over the summer, when they came within a whisker of recording a historic result on foreign soil.

Joe Schmidt has already committed his future to the international set-up until the end of the World Cup in 2019 and will look to go one better than their narrow defeat to New Zealand in 2013, when they were beaten thanks to a last minute try from Ryan Crotty.

The Fab Four: Conor Murray, Ultan Dillane, Jamie Heaslip and Josh van der Flier are pictured against the iconic backdrop.

Ireland scrum-half, Conor Murray.  

Josh van der Flier talks to the media ahead Saturday's game. 

Conor Murray fulfills his media obligation.

As does Connacht's Ultan Dillane.

Jamie Heaslip appears in front of the cameras.

Jamie Heaslip looks over the Chicago skyline.

 

All images courtesy of: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan