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Joe Schmidt has admitted that Ireland were “consumed” by righting the wrongs of their past after once again failing to reach the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
The Irish were swept aside by reigning champions New Zealand in their quarter-final showdown, losing 46-14 in Tokyo.
Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Codie Taylor, Matt Todd, George Bridge and Jordie Barrett all touched down as the All Blacks booked a semi-final meeting with Eddie Jones’ England in Yokohama next weekend.
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The result means Ireland, who got themselves on the score sheet through Robbie Henshaw and a penalty try, have now lost all seven of their quarter-finals at the World Cup, with the nation yet to progress to the last four.
Under Schmidt there was hope of finally lifting the historical burden in Japan, but up against a relentless New Zealand side the Irish fell short in devastating fashion.
“We’d love to have gotten the top four,” said Schmidt in his post-match press conference. “That’s the one thing that remains and continues to remain elusive.
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