All Blacks coach Steve Hansen hails Ireland as World Cup favourites

Esequiel Farfan
Noviembre 18, 2018

"We knew we were going to have to play well, we knew we were going to have to attack them and go after them - we did that".

"It's all about prepping the boys as best we can and getting us in the right space".

Meanwhile, Ireland's Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt still measures the progress of his side by their matches against his homeland.

Asked if Hansen's words should be viewed as kidology, Schmidt said: "I think he probably enjoyed a little bit of banter".

The match itself was also billed as the number 1 and number 2 ranked teams in the world going head to head in Dublin, due to Ireland being the All Blacks nearest challengers in the world rankings.

Captain Read said New Zealand could have no complaints with the outcome after they suffered a first loss in Europe for six years.

"The depth of their experience, the number of centurions they've got - or guys with 70-80 caps - it is formidable and it would be a huge feather in these players' cap if they could topple them".

What TV channel is Ireland vs New Zealand on?

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And now the New Zealand boss has challenged Ireland to live up to that tag.

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

Ireland's New Zealander coach Schmidt is out of contract after next year's World Cup, whereupon he could yet return to his native New Zealand - and is a strong favourite to join the All Blacks' coaching set-up whenever he makes that move.

Ireland celebrating Jacob Stockdale's try in famous win over the All Blacks.

Speaking after Ireland secured their first ever victory over the All Blacks in front of their own fans, and just their second in history, Whitelock described what it was like to play in the clash.

"They lost to Ireland and they almost lost to England last week".

"The All Blacks are giving away seven points on the handicap at odds of 11/10 and as they showed last week they are still the masters of the comeback and we have the visitors to be behind at half-time but to go on to win at 5/1 from 9/2".

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