Three things learned from Ireland v New Zealand

Three things learned from Ireland v New Zealand

But that was parked to one side as the New Zealand media highlighted headlines such as "Irish "import" play pays off" and "Schmidt a Kiwi at heart", referring to New Zealand-born Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. "If we don't I know the next time we play the All Blacks they will be".

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen considers the reasons why Ireland have risen to the top in world rugby.

"Like we've got some of the best players in the world who just play what they see in front of them".

The win, Ireland's 17th in their last 18 tests, was also their first over the All Blacks at home and set expectations to feverish levels at an electric Aviva Stadium for a team that has never before gone beyond a World Cup quarter final.

Jacob Stockdale's 12th try in just 14 Tests sealed Ireland's second-ever victory over New Zealand, backing up their maiden win over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016, the 40-29 triumph. Ulstermen, both, and thriving in the borderless state that is Irish rugby. England and Ireland's defence coaches, John Mitchell and Farrell, are men who possess a possibly unparalleled stock of insight in to how to stop the All Blacks. Dublin born Ayman Ben Mohamed who is a Tunisia global and recently won the African champions league with his side Esperance Sportive de Tunis talks his experiences in Africa and the decision to leave Ireland. Their knowledge has been made to count.

It’s a grand day to be Irish
It’s a grand day to be Irish

Unlike that night ten years ago however, where the RTÉ panel opted to acknowledge the team ahead of any one individual, O'Mahony got the call after one of the most momentous games in Irish rugby.

Several times, just when the All Blacks seemed to be clicking into high gear, they either dropped the ball or kicked it away. Could they be keeping something back for the more important challenge to come?

"That's a tough question", Coles said when asked how the team adapting to the new gameplan coach Steve Hansen has talked about implementing.

"So for us to be favourites when they have been the world number-one team for nine years, and continue to be the world number-one team".

Of course, plenty can happen until now and Japan but this a moment to watch again and again and again and again. They deserve all the praise coming their way.

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