All Blacks captain Read praises Ireland

Kristopher Nichols
November 20, 2018

He said "it would be churlish to dispute. that the superpower of northern hemisphere rugby now deserves to be considered the best team on the planet".

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Ireland's captain grizzled hooker Rory Best answered the questions being posed by some over his age, 36, and an underwhelming performance in the lineout against Argentina the week before. Best a thoughtful and erudite man is never one to blow his own trumpet as when he responded to how it felt to go off to a standing ovation when he was replaced in the second-half.

"It's just working hard to get set, see what's in front of you and calling the right thing".

After the 40-29 triumph against the world champions in Chicago, the momentum is with Ireland as the World Cup looms ever larger. "I mean they're vulnerable", FitzSimons said on Sports Sunday.

All Blacks boss Hansen hailed Ireland as the "number-one team in the world" following their superlative victory over his back-to-back world champions at the Aviva Stadium.

The IRFU have confirmed that seven players have returned to their provinces as they leave the Ireland camp in Carton House.

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

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England were 15-10 down at half-time and a shock looked possible, but they scored 25 unanswered points after the break. They worked the ball from deep to the Ireland 22, going through the phases as the clock moved into injury time.

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The clash kicks off at 7pm GMT this evening.

The match will be shown live on RTE 2 in Ireland and on Channel 4 in the UK. New Zealand have just completed an incredible nine years at the top of the world rankings.

Live streaming throughout the United Kingdom is available on Channel 4's website and through their official app.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew was in Dublin, but admitted it would have been inappropriate to meet with Schmidt before the two sides met.

These eye-catching victories will have done no harm to the lobby who want Farrell to be reunited with former England coach Stuart Lancaster, who has also rebuilt his reputation in Ireland at Leinster following the 2015 World Cup disaster, should Schmidt announce at the end of the month he will move on post the World Cup.

"That's probably the best thing is just to trust what you see and we probably didn't do that in the weekend and, like we said, they were just everywhere and there was some space but we didn't see it and didn't make the right calls".

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