Rugby ‘Hard work’ & ‘physicality’ – Furlong plots NZ downfall

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Tadhg Furlong has warned that to switch off even for a second against New Zealand will cost Ireland the chance of a maiden Rugby World Cup semi-final.

Ireland will face back-to-back world champions New Zealand in the quarter-finals, after hosts Japan dumped Scotland out of the tournament with a stunning 28-21 victory in Yokohama.

Japan’s fine triumph sent the hosts top of Pool A and booked the Brave Blossoms a last-eight clash with South Africa.

That left Ireland second in the pool to set up a last-eight meeting with the All Blacks on Saturday in Tokyo, with prop Furlong in no doubts about the size of the task ahead.

Asked for the key to beating the All Blacks, Furlong replied: “Hard work, really. They are so dangerous.

“You can’t switch off, at all. So it’s just working really hard an

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