Brian O'Driscoll on Ireland's chances against the All Blacks

Ruben Hill
November 16, 2018

Eleven members of this weekend's squad played in the historic 40-29 win over New Zealand in Chicago in November 2016, with Ringrose and Marmion unused replacements that day.

Schmidt admits his side must not repeat the errors that cropped up in the 28-17 win over Argentina last Saturday.

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Two-time Six Nations grand slam victor Kearney, one of the game's best defenders under a high ball, returns at fullback in place of 21-year-old Jordan Larmour, who drops back to the bench after struggling under a barrage of towering Argentine kicks last week.

But which side has the better players? There were good performances from the likes of Jack Conan, Will Addison stepping in at the last minute last week. These are the types of Test matches that gets everyone up - it's number one versus number two - and there's a real excitement that's building as we get closer to Saturday. It's never ideal but even at the end of training we were still making some decisions for Saturday.

He added: "We weren't that far away in that Test (at home to New Zealand two years ago)".

Steve Hansen added: "As always, we've been given a warm welcome by the Irish public and we look forward to playing our part in what will be a wonderful game at one of the great rugby stadiums".

"Even then we got quite close to their line, Seanie (O'Brien) nearly went over, Rob Kearney was dragged down five metres short, so we weren't too far away".

"Especially some of the coaching staff would have been looking back on the footage of all the recent games, not just the Argentinean one, and they'll have a few areas that they want to attack, the same way the Irish would towards the All Blacks".

"When they first arrived (in Ireland) in 1905, they were incredibly tough to knock over and I don't think they've changed too much".

Hansen remains confident the All Blacks will grab a second successive win on tour after they came back from 15-0 down to defeat England in torrential rain last weekend. "Apart from that, when the game's up and running it's likely to be fairly manic".

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