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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen and Andy Farrell met up yesterday and discussed the reality that one of their teams will be leaving Japan after this weekend.
The All Blacks have often struggled against Farrell’s rush defence and Ireland will be hoping that is the case again on Saturday night in Tokyo as they look to cause a major upset and advance to a first semi-final.
Having won two of the last three meetings with the world champions, Ireland are quietly confident about their chances and Hansen acknowledged that Joe Schmidt’s side will feel like they are due a big performance.
“One team is probably thinking it’s their turn to win one but that doesn’t guarantee it, does it,” Hansen said.
“With that comes pressure but both teams are in the same situation. Come the final whistle, one will go right and one will go left, as the Pink Panther said. Stage right would be the way to go. We all understand that.
“I caught up with Andy Farrell yesterday and had a bit of a yarn to him. In that conversation, that was brought up – one of us will be going home.
“That’s just the cold, hard fact of the World Cup. Now, we’ve experienced it ourselves in
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