All Blacks vulnerable after loss to Ireland, Wallabies, Peter FitzSimons


"I know we have to prepare as well as we can physically".

The unthinkable has happened; hell has frozen over, porcine creatures taking flight, Ireland producing just a brilliant performance, an All Blacks like performance to shut out the back to back world champions. The All Blacks are still the force to be reckoned with in world rugby, but they now have company in that regard. Against one of the best if not the best defensive lineouts in the world he was nearly inch flawless aided by the giant lock Devin Toner.

Ireland will be boosted by the "chase" of New Zealand still holding onto their world number one ranking according to Luke McGrath as he heaped praise on Wigan RL legend Andy Farrell. "I've huge respect for Steve, Fozzy [Ian Foster], and Scott MacLeod, their coaching staff".

Asked if Ireland are now World Cup favourites, Schmidt said: "The World Cup?"

Schmidt had the room laughing on a couple of occasions in his press conference, alongside Ireland captain Rory Best.

Ireland and New Zealand have met 31 times since their first match in 1905, with the All Blacks recording 28 wins to Ireland's brace of victories.

Seldom do New Zealand receive such a high-class lesson in remorseless commitment and clinical finishing.

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With a lineout on the left Johnny Sexton bamboozled the All Black defence by switching with converted Kiwi Bundee Aki in midfield. Can we make sure we deliver at that level?' I think you've got to keep getting better. There was a good one recently that the Highlanders played and I said to the coaches, "Maybe we can do this".

New Zealand, to their credit, accepted they had been outfoxed by Schmidt, who spends hours searching for fresh ideas - "I always steal them from someone else" - that can be tailored to his side's specific needs. Former Ireland and Leinster hooker Shane Byrne spoke to Jamie Moore on this morning's Now That's What I Call Sport.

"It's hard to get patents on moves! It's a nebulous thing for us". "They will want to get him back home, but he's been absolutely fantastic".

'I didn't have to move for it or anything.

"I suppose the key thing is being part of a pretty special team".

Hansen now boast a win record of close to 90 per cent, and would likely be offered a renewal by New Zealand Rugby.