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# all-blacks - Sunday 24 November, 2013

From The Score As it happened: Ireland v New Zealand, November Tests Liveblog

As it happened: Ireland v New Zealand, November Tests

We went minute-by minute as Joe Schmidt’s men attempted to create history against the All Blacks.

From The Score No expectation, only hope as Ireland host flawless New Zealand Preview

No expectation, only hope as Ireland host flawless New Zealand

Brace yourselves, Ireland. This isn’t going to be easy.

From The Score Ireland in shadow of hard-earned All Blacks hype Closer

Ireland in shadow of hard-earned All Blacks hype

But Les Kiss has the blowtorch fired up and ready to go.

From The Score All Blacks not better, more fluid than World Cup winners — Kieran Read Number 1

All Blacks not better, more fluid than World Cup winners — Kieran Read

The number eight is blessed with an endless array of skills. How do Ireland stop him?

# all-blacks - Saturday 23 November, 2013

From The Score End of season fatigue? Richie McCaw says he’s just getting started Se7en

End of season fatigue? Richie McCaw says he’s just getting started

The Kiwi captain expects energy and fire from the hosts at Lansdowne Road tomorrow.

From The Score 3 key battles Ireland must win to make history against New Zealand November Tests

3 key battles Ireland must win to make history against New Zealand

It’s a tough task in store for Ireland tomorrow, but if they can the upper hand in these areas then maybe, just maybe…

From The Score ‘We’re up for it’: Ireland in steely mood before toughest Test Case For The Defence

‘We’re up for it’: Ireland in steely mood before toughest Test

Les Kiss is looking for a massive improvement after last week’s defensive horror show.

From The Score Shane Byrne: Beating the All Blacks requires physicality and technique Column

Shane Byrne: Beating the All Blacks requires physicality and technique

Ireland need to be error-free and aggressive in what would be the performances of their lives.

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From The Score ‘I put a lot of effort into it. Otherwise I’m just a past player who is called in just to give a view’ All Blacks

‘I put a lot of effort into it. Otherwise I’m just a past player who is called in just to give a view’

Keith Wood reflects on his part in Joe Schmidt’s appointment and Ireland’s prospects against the All Blacks on Sunday.

From The Score ‘It was fairly shameful to have 60 points put on you’ – Cian Healy Score To Settle

‘It was fairly shameful to have 60 points put on you’ – Cian Healy

The Irish prop prefers to look forward but found himself reflecting on a tough 2012 tour to New Zealand.

From The Score Luke Romano not concerned about facing Paul O’Connell Lock-in

Luke Romano not concerned about facing Paul O’Connell

On his return to fitness, the Canterbury lock is fully focused on his own game.

# all-blacks - Friday 22 November, 2013

From The Score ‘I hate the Haka’ declares bullish Cian Healy ahead of All Blacks clash Haka-ed Off

‘I hate the Haka’ declares bullish Cian Healy ahead of All Blacks clash

The Irish prop was a big fan of the rugby spectacle as a child. Those sentiments have definitely faded.

From The Score If Sexton wasn’t fit, Jackson would have started – Joe Schmidt Close Call

If Sexton wasn’t fit, Jackson would have started – Joe Schmidt

The Ireland coach admits that the Ulster out-half is unlucky to miss out, with versatility needed on the bench.

From The Score Paul O’Connell: We have the talent to beat the All Blacks Belief

Paul O’Connell: We have the talent to beat the All Blacks

The Ireland captain has been backed up by head coach Joe Schmidt who says it will take an ‘incredible performance’.

From The Score Sexton, O’Driscoll and Kearney named in Ireland team to face New Zealand Team News

Sexton, O’Driscoll and Kearney named in Ireland team to face New Zealand

The trio were injury doubts this week but all took part in training in Maynooth this morning.

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From The Score LIVESTREAM: Watch Ireland manager Joe Schmidt’s pre-All Blacks press conference November Internationals

LIVESTREAM: Watch Ireland manager Joe Schmidt’s pre-All Blacks press conference

The head coach names his team to take on New Zealand this afternoon.

From The Score Simon Hick column: Ireland must believe they can beat the All Blacks Mentality

Simon Hick column: Ireland must believe they can beat the All Blacks

The mindsets of supporters, players and management are essential to Ireland’s hopes of pulling off a shock win.

From The Score Smith, Luatua and Retallick: 3 All Blacks to watch out for Ones To Watch

Smith, Luatua and Retallick: 3 All Blacks to watch out for

Beyond Richie McCaw, Ma’a Nonu and Kieran Read; here are a trio of top quality Kiwis.

From The Score New Zealand make 7 changes for season finale in Dublin Team News

New Zealand make 7 changes for season finale in Dublin

Even without the likes of Dan Carter and Liam Messam, the All Blacks have named a superb starting XV.

From The Score ‘Kieran Read is the best player in the world right now’ – David Wallace Love Eight

‘Kieran Read is the best player in the world right now’ – David Wallace

The All Blacks’ No.8 is the current favourite to win the IRB Player of the Year award.

From The Score Abiding All Black rule number 1 key to joining exclusive club Good Group

Abiding All Black rule number 1 key to joining exclusive club

Jeremy Thrush is hoping to make up for lost time at international level.

# all-blacks - Thursday 21 November, 2013

From The Score Analysis: Ireland must cut out the defensive failings against All Blacks Analysis

Analysis: Ireland must cut out the defensive failings against All Blacks

The Wallabies deserve credit for their ability to turn line-breaks into tries, but Ireland’s defence disappointed.

From The Score Justin Marshall: Replicate Christchurch without ‘choking’ and Ireland could win Interview

Justin Marshall: Replicate Christchurch without ‘choking’ and Ireland could win

The former All Blacks scrum-half has highlighted Sean O’Brien, Cian Healy and Tommy Bowe as the Irish dangermen.

From The Score No cigar: 7 times Ireland got within a mile of beating the All Blacks Gutsy

No cigar: 7 times Ireland got within a mile of beating the All Blacks

Apart from these, New Zealand has been the land of the long, heavy defeat for Ireland.

From The Score All Blacks defeat that got away still hurts, admits Ian Dowling All Blacks

All Blacks defeat that got away still hurts, admits Ian Dowling

Munster’s near miss against the touring Kiwis was five years ago this week.

From The Score I’m not stepping into Dan Carter’s shoes, I wear my own — Aaron Cruden 1st 5/8

I’m not stepping into Dan Carter’s shoes, I wear my own — Aaron Cruden

With half of his 28 All Black caps coming from the start, the Chiefs number 10 won’t be considered a back up option any more.

From The Score ‘Schmidt is more than capable of setting things right in a week’ All Blacks

‘Schmidt is more than capable of setting things right in a week’

Former Ireland coach Ronnie Dawson says Ireland can match the All Blacks — if they get the basics right.

From The Score McCaw leading All Black search for satisfying perfection 7

McCaw leading All Black search for satisfying perfection

Richie McCaw is at the centre of New Zealand’s never-ending drive to improve.

From The Score ‘Less talk and more action’ for Ireland against the All Blacks Fronting Up

‘Less talk and more action’ for Ireland against the All Blacks

Ireland forwards coach John Plumtree says his pack has promised to do their talking on the pitch.

# all-blacks - Wednesday 20 November, 2013

From The Score Ireland ‘a long way off’ All Blacks says Munster legend Inside Knowledge

Ireland ‘a long way off’ All Blacks says Munster legend

Jason Holland, the former Munster centre and coach, says Joe Schmidt’s side have little chance on Sunday.

From The Score Snapshot: Richie McCaw goes hurling with Bernard Brogan Boys In Black
From The Score Win tickets to the Aviva Fan Studio for the Ireland v All Blacks game Engage

Win tickets to the Aviva Fan Studio for the Ireland v All Blacks game

Join the experts for the clash with the world champions.

From The Score Ireland’s McGrath confident he can cope with All Blacks Belief

Ireland’s McGrath confident he can cope with All Blacks

The Leinster loosehead prop says he was gutted by Ireland’s weakness at scrum time against the Wallabies.

From The Score Tommy Bowe focused on taking chances against All Blacks Finishing

Tommy Bowe focused on taking chances against All Blacks

The Ulster wing put his hand up for a missed try-scoring opportunity against Australia last weekend.

From The Score Snapshot: Dan Carter meets 13-year-old YouTube star George Morgan All Blacks

Snapshot: Dan Carter meets 13-year-old YouTube star George Morgan

The All Blacks out-half spotted Morgan earlier this year after the Irish youngster uploaded a skills video to YouTube.

From The Score Kieran Read maintaining his pokerface on cusp of clean sweep Read And Weep

Kieran Read maintaining his pokerface on cusp of clean sweep

The world’s best number eight is one game away from making history, but his feet are firmly on the ground.

From The Score Ireland boosted as Kearney takes full part in training Injury Update

Ireland boosted as Kearney takes full part in training

However, Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Sexton were both forced to watch the session from the sidelines.

From The Score Underdog status may bring out Ireland’s best side Mentality

Underdog status may bring out Ireland’s best side

The All Blacks are heavy favourites, but IRB Hall of Fame member Agustín Pichot says that could suit Ireland.

From The Score O’Driscoll: No one will give Ireland a chance, that’s fine by us Fade To Black

O’Driscoll: No one will give Ireland a chance, that’s fine by us

The patched up centre is itching to take on rugby’s biggest challenge one last time.

From The Score Keith Wood: ‘It was one thing wrong, and you can turn that around in an afternoon’ All Blacks

Keith Wood: ‘It was one thing wrong, and you can turn that around in an afternoon’

Former Ireland hooker Keith Wood expects to see high-intensity Irish performance as they bid to stop the All Blacks.