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The quarter-final meeting between Ireland and New Zealand at the Rugby World Cup comes with a strong feeling of reckoning.
Ireland hadn’t beaten New Zealand in 28 matches over 111 years until its 40-29 victory at Soldier Field in Chicago in 2016.
It did so again, 16-9, in Dublin in 2018, establishing Ireland as the one team in world rugby at present that regularly has the All Blacks’ number.
Ireland went on, after Wales’ brief tenure atop the world rankings, to become the No 1-ranked team just ahead of the Rugby World Cup, displacing New Zealand from a spot it had occupied since the ranking system began.
Against that background, the match between Ireland and defending champion New Zealand at Tokyo on Saturday, which appears the most competitive of the quarter-finals, also seems a reckoning between the teams.
It occurs earlier in the tournament than expected.
Japan’s wins over Ireland and Scotland in Pool A went against pre-tournament predictions and saw the hosts emerge atop their pool, forcing second-place Ireland into a quarterfinal against Pool C winner New Zealand.
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“The best part is we know who we’re playing. They’re a quality side, they’ve been No 1 this year,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Monday.
“The last three results are ‘loss, win, loss’ so there won’t be any complacency in our camp. It’s pretty exciting; we’re right where we want to be.”
Hansen said last year’s encounter was a “titanic struggle” and Ireland was slightly better on the day.
“It’s taken them a long time to get there and obviously they enjoyed it,” Hansen said of the drought-breaking win, “so they decided to keep doing it.”
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