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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt says his side have “belief” ahead of Saturday’s quarterfinal with the All Blacks.
OPINION:How do the All Blacks and Ireland rate before their Rugby World Cup quarterfinal in Tokyo on Saturday?
Stuff takes a look at the match-day squads and gives its verdict on who has the edge.
15. Beauden Barrett:Still getting plenty of touches on the ball and often in the areas where he can be lethal. Ireland beware.8.5
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14. Sevu Reece: Will be targeted by the taller Jacob Stockdale but gives the All Blacks an attacking weapon they simply didn’t have in Dublin last year. 8
13. Jack Goodhue:Form hasn’t hit the heights of 2018 but his Crusaders connection with his wings mean he is central to the ABs’ attacking plans.7.5
12. Anton Lienert-Brown:Superb season at the Chiefs has just rolled into the All Blacks. Has great footwork but will also need to just carry straight and hard at times while his defensive connection with Goodhue will be targeted by Ireland.8
11. George Bridge: Seems to love the big occasion and has full range of skills to match his temperament. Likely to pop up for a try. 7.5
10. Richie Mo’unga:Ability to take on the line will be critical to create room for others outside him. If Mo’unga plays well the All Blacks will win well. 8
9. Aaron Smith:Experienced halfback will know when to put up the box kick and when to fire out a pass and he has looked sharp when it has really counted in recent months. 8
8. Kieran Read:Defeat in Dublin has probably been burning inside him for almost a year because he knows he was beaten by CJ Stander. In better form now though.8
7. Sam Cane: Hands have let him down this year and will need to be careful in the contact areas after knocking out Robbie Henshaw a few years ago – a straight red card in today’s climate.7
6. Ardie Savea: His switch to No 6 will receive its biggest test yet against the well-drilled and physical Irish, but his form has been magnificent.8.5
5. Sam Whitelock: All Blacks would love a dominant lineout performance from the captain-in-waiting, especially on Irish ball. 7.5
4. Brodie Retallick: At his best, he’s the world’s best lock. But how far off his best is he
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