Ireland's history boys dedicate All Blacks triumph to Foley

The gap was now four and with Ireland tiring the signs were worryingly ominous, but their resolve held out the waves of All Blacks attacks and eventually gave them the position to secure the win.

That can now been forgotten.

Ireland will undoubtedly face an All Blacks backlash at the Aviva Stadium in less than a fortnight's time. Ireland had drawn one game and lost the other 27.

Fresh from halting the previously unstoppable All Blacks, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has played down talk of a disparity in standards between rugby union's heartlands.

"It's been a tough enough 18 months", Kearney admitted. Just, first and foremost body has not been where it was been.

"He did show a huge amount of faith".

'I'm just glad I was able to repay the trust of Joe.

"The reality is that we did get them when they were a little bit vulnerable", said Ireland's head coach. "I think that was really evident today". "It wasn't ideal, but it was good". So I've put my foot in it there! "It's been a long time coming and it's history made".

"I've been in those moments before and things haven't gone your way".

In a breathtaking upset, Ireland outscored New Zealand five tries to four to seal its first win over the Kiwis in the 29th meeting between the two nations dating to 1905.

"I tried to just stick to the plan that we were doing and we were well prepped throughout the week and prepared for every situation".

"It was unbelievable", the Louth man said.

"They put us under pressure and deserved the win".

"Over the course of the years one of the problems we have had is that we have feared sides like New Zealand", Francis explained.

"To say that we were touched by how Ireland faced the New Zealand haka, drawing inspiration from the No. 8, would be an understatement", posted Tony Foley.

"We've always seen that with this team", he said.

Another attacking line-out from Ireland took them close to the New Zealand line and quick ball found Sexton who fed Simon Zebo for 30-8.

"If you work hard and do the things that you've been working on". "We haven't had the opportunity and we have the Irish people here, we'd like to convey a message of sympathy and best wishes to the Foley family on the death of Anthony", he said.

"Everyone just fronted up and did what was expected".

New Zealand take on Italy in Rome on Saturday, before facing Ireland again in Dublin on November 19 - with Hansen already eyeing the chance to set events straight from an All Blacks perspective.

Criticism of the All Blacks historic loss to Ireland may have been delayed but Newstalk ZB radio host Mark Watson has launched a scathing broadside at the world champions in the wake of Sunday's historic defeat in Chicago.

Josh van der Flier revealed how magnanimous the All Blacks were in defeat but, make no mistake, the back-to-back World Cup winners will be gunning for revenge in Dublin on Saturday week. "They're a class side".

"Their lineout was not functioning really and they had a fair few handling errors".



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