Injury setback for Ireland against All Blacks

Robbie Henshaw will not play against New Zealand or the USA

Jonathan Sexton says he and his Ireland team-mates want to make more history with a home win over world champions New Zealand in a clash of the top two-ranked teams in the world on Saturday.

It has also been confirmed that Robbie Henshaw's hamstring issue, which saw him replaced by Will Addision just prior to kick-off on Saturday against the Pumas, will rule him out of the remainder of the Guinness Series.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said on Saturday evening that it would be the Patrickswell man Murray's call on whether he would be in the mix for selection to face world champions New Zealand this weekend.

"I'm sure those guys will go a step ahead again this week".

"It has been two years since we've played them last but there has been a lot of changeover from our team", he said. "Everyone seems to find another 10 percent when they play us because it is a good story if you can beat the All Blacks and everyone gets excited by that". But if you're out for the period of time he has been out for, it would be a big step in.

"I've never played against a team that would capitalise on a mistake...you look through the Rugby Championship - the amount of times you think Australia and South Africa have them under the pump and next thing they're underneath their own posts. Hopefully we see him back soon".


"So we'll have a great plan, we'll have some experiences of what's worked against them in the past, what hasn't worked, and where they are the most risky".

"When you think about the last three times we've played them, we've had brilliant game plans and the times we've executed them really, really well we've done well".

The 33-year-old flyhalf - who orchestrated Ireland's historic victory over the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016 - believes if they seized their chance they could claim they are the number one team in the world.

"There was probably bits in the set-piece from the forwards' point of view, bits in the backline D from our point of view, bits of not taking some opportunities we created", he said, looking back on the 28-17 win.

"They've all been tough games, close games and they don't come along too often the way the seasons are structured now".

"It is one and two, so whoever wins will be the best side in the world regardless of rankings", Hansen told reporters in Dublin.

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