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Aer Lingus got into an excellent Twitter war with Air New Zealand ahead of the rugby

Game on.

Conor Murray celebrates Robbie Henshaw's try Source: INPHO/Billy Stickland

A SHORT TWO weeks ago, the nation was basking in the reflected glow of the rugby team finally beating New Zealand after a 111-year wait.

They go at it again on Saturday in Dublin, with anticipation building ahead of the match in both countries – and it seems to have got to the respective national airlines too.

It all started on Wednesday, when Air New Zealand threw out some light trash talk on Twitter

newzealand Source: FlyAirNZ

Of course, Aer Lingus came right back at them to defend their honour

newzealand2 Source: @AerLingus Twitter

All very tame so far.

Then Air New Zealand started joking about changing Aer Lingus’s boarding passes to an appropriate colour

newzealand3 Source: @FlyAirNZ Twitter

And there was only one solution to that from Aer Lingus

newzealand4 Source: AerLingus Twitter

That looks better.

Next, they did a quick redesign of Air New Zealand’s in flight magazine

newzealand5 Source: AerLingus Twitter

And the crowd down under responded in turn

newzealand6 Source: @FlyAirNZ Twitter

Aer Lingus came back with a bigger idea

aerlingus2 Source: Twitter

And were matched again

aerlingus3 Source: @FlyAirNZ Twitter

Finally, a forfeit was proposed

quanta Source: Aer Lingus Twitter

Which seems to have been agreed upon

quanta2 Source: Twitter

The deal is set in Twitter stone now

quanta3 Source: @FlyairNZ Twitter

Game on.

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