Rugby 2019 Rugby World Cup: Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team know how to beat the All Blacks

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Ireland will be heading into their quarter-final matchup with the All Blacks knowing that they have the tools to beat the world champions.

The Irish have never made it past the quarter-finals stage at a World Cup, but most players in the current side have tasted victory against the All Blacks.

In fact, every single player in Joe Schmidt’s starting team has beaten the All Blacks before, either in their history-making win in Chicago in 2016 or last year in Dublin.

Schmidt’s starting side suggests that Ireland are relying on experience and proven ability in test rugby.

Ireland brought back experienced duo Rob Kearney and Peter O’Mahony, while Garry Ringrose replaces the suspended Bundee Aki who was suspended after his red card against Samoa.

Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray make for a potent duo, while the Irish tight five was an easy selection for Schmidt, with Cian Healy, Rory Best and Tadhg Furlong making up the front row, and James Ryan and Iain Henderson the locking combination.

Young rising star Jordan Larmour, who had onlookers calling for him to start after he shone against Samoa, will start on the bench.

Irish rugby journalist Murray Ki

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