Rugby All Blacks v Ireland: Prop Joe Moody says ‘we owe them one’ ahead of Rugby World Cup quarterfinal

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The All Blacks are embracing the pressure as they build up to Saturday’s clash with Ireland.

Joe Moody had the good sense not to try to swerve the inevitable question about the All Blacks’ loss to Ireland last November.

All Blacks loosehead prop Moody didn’t play in the 16-9 defeat to the Irish in Dublin. He had suffered a serious cut to his eyelid during training in London the previous week and was ruled out of the rest of the northern tour, but he would still have have felt rotten after the event.

Because All Blacks, or their fans for that matter, never forget a defeat.

The Irish fans at Aviva Stadium that evening went bananas, and rightly so.

Rugby All Black Joe Moody scores a try during the Rugby World Cup Pool B game against Namibia on October 6.

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All Black Joe Moody scores a try during the Rugby World Cup Pool B game against Namibia on October 6.

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It was the first time the All Blacks had suffered a loss in Ireland, and proved, once again, that their coach Joe Schmidt possessed the remarkable knack of making his fellow Kiwis suffer on the rugby field.

“I suppose a little bit in the back of your mind, it just reminds you, I guess, that we sort of owe them one,” Moody said in Tokyo as he prepared for the World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland on Saturday.

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Ireland boast a winning record over the All Blacks in the past few years.

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