Ireland v New Zealand: Coach Steve Hansen expects Conor Murray to play

Heather Diaz
November 12, 2018

"I think it's gonna be a fast game with a lot of intensity and the physical side of the game will be tough as will the mental side".

During a game in which the lead changed hands on eight occasions at the Aviva Stadium, Ireland scored tries through Kieran Marmion, Bundee Aki and Luke McGrath but it was 13 points from the boot of Jonny Sexton that made the rela difference.

"I hope everyone is looking over their shoulder", said Schmidt referring to the players in the starting XV.

"I think without being disrespectful to Argentina [who Ireland played on Saturday] I think we are a better team than them".

"The surprise for me is probably Sean O'Brien", said former Ireland worldwide Stephen Ferris on Heineken Rugby Weekly on The42 this week after Schmidt named a starting back row of O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander.

"I didn't see their game [against England] but if they were bad it's hard for them to be bad two games in a row, ." he said. "They want to have their boots and they want to be right in amongst it".

"They're nervous about Argentina and how good they are".

Ireland finally beat the All Blacks with a 40-29 win in Chicago in 2015 but the Irish coach still feels he has a score to settle with his native land.

"Without being disrespectful to Argentina I think we're a better team than them", began Hansen.

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"And, while Chicago was a great band-aid, in fact it was a full bandage - it was great but two weeks later we were very, very much in the game and it was very tough - very, very tough". Sexton converting to put them more than a converted try ahead.

"From a player's point of view, and even from an Irish rugby fan's point of view, you want to see the best coaches staying and he's the best coach I've ever worked with", said Best. It's no wonder that they looked the more cohesive outfit.

"He was a smart player who is a good manager of people".

"You go back through history and Ireland should have beaten us many times", says Hansen.

Until now, Best has defied that perceived wisdom, but with less than a year to go until the World Cup he needs to get back to the standards he previously set or risk being passed by. You could throw Seanie into an global when he hasn't played in a year and you will get the same level of performance from him because he is just mentally so tough and he expects everyone around him to be the same as him.

"But that's a good way for us to try to cope and test ourselves against a really good side, which we know Argentina are".

"They should have beaten us in Christchurch. And they are the number two side in the world and you don't get to play one and two that often when they are in two separate hemispheres so when they do come about they become pretty big games".

"Have we been scarred [by losing to Ireland]?"

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