Ireland v New Zealand: How All Blacks have shaped Ireland's rugby rise

Karl Tu'inukuafe right holdsthe Hillary Shield with Jack Goodhue after the All Blacks' win over England at Twickenham last weekend

Kieran Read says New Zealand will need "best performance of season" against Ireland

Schmidt was determined to never allow that happen again, and speaking on Off the Ball two years ago, Kevin McLaughlin revealed the subtle change the coach made to training to ensure that Ireland would never be caught again. 'We'll be playing an opponent who will want to keep the ball for long periods of time, and if they aren't getting what they want, then they'll kick and try to pressure us.

A determined Keith Earls run had the majority of the crowd on their feet as Ireland began to make headway and they eventually settled for three points from Sexton's boot when the All Blacks were penalised for offside.

New Zealand, who had not suffered defeat in Europe since 2012, dug deep in an attempt to engineer a way back into the contest but found Ireland in no mood to surrender their hard-earned lead.

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"I remember that one minute and 39 seconds that it took them from the tap penalty to the tryline when Ryan Crotty goes over", he said with a grimace.

- Ireland's Johnny Sexton (383) is just 14 points shy of eclipsing Ronan O'Gara (396) as the most prolific point scorer at the Aviva Stadium/Lansdowne Road in Test history.

Ireland are without four key players for Saturday's match with scrum-half Conor Murray, centre Robbie Henshaw and flanker Sean O'Brien joined on the injury list by Dan Leavy, who was originally named to start.

"We won't care about the performance [against New Zealand] if we get a result", O'Driscoll said.

"We've just got to be prepared for what they're going to bring".

Brian joined Ger Gilroy on Friday and the former Ireland captain believes simply matching the All Blacks won't be enough. "If you had Murray on there I'd be a lot more confident".

"Let's not take anything away from Kieran Marmion, he's not done anything wrong for Ireland any time he's played - a bit like Bundee Aki - very, very good, scored some tries".

"So for us to be favourites when they have been the world number-one team for nine years, and continue to be the world number-one team".

Ireland host New Zealand in tonight's blockbuster Autumn International from Dublin. He added: 'These are the types of Test matches that get everyone up - it's No 1 v No 2 - and there's a real excitement that's building as we get closer to Saturday.

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"But there will definitely be a feeling that you can get a one-up on someone you could find yourself meeting at some stage in the World Cup, because they're the best team in the world, and from Ireland's perspective that's either going to be at a quarterfinal stage or in the final".

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