All Blacks captain Read praises Ireland

Read and the All Blacks are in Dublin this week to face Ireland

Read and the All Blacks are in Dublin this week to face Ireland

Schmidt's All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen has said it will be interesting to see how the Irish cope with being the world's best team, a tag he said they deserved for coming out on top in a battle of the two top-ranked sides. The All Blacks are still the force to be reckoned with in world rugby, but they now have company in that regard.

"So for us to be favourites when they have been the world number-one team for nine years, and continue to be the world number-one team".

However, Schmidt said after the epic 16-9 victory over the All Blacks in Dublin that he will focus on the United States Test next Saturday before a final discussion with his wife and four children.

Asked if Hansen's words should be viewed as kidology, Schmidt said: "I think he probably enjoyed a little bit of banter".

"The depth of their experience, the number of centurions they've got - or guys with 70-80 caps - it is formidable and it would be a huge feather in these players' cap if they could topple them".

'Ireland are the world's best, then.

"Unfortunately for us the likelihood is becoming irresistible for New Zealand to go after him".

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With a lineout on the left Johnny Sexton bamboozled the All Black defence by switching with converted Kiwi Bundee Aki in midfield.

"I took my dad down to the match and the two of us were sitting in the VIP seats with all the players' families around us so there was just incredible high fives, hugging, cheering - just such an outbreak of emotion".

"I'm always on the look-out and always keeping my eye out".

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Schmidt has dismissed that label - New Zealand remain top of the rankings - but admits there will be pressure come the Six Nations and they need to keep getting better as other sides are improving.

"It's nice when everyone knows their role and those moves come off, but the other coaching staff come up with ones as well".

'I didn't have to move for it or anything. "I thought it was for Tadgh (Furlong a prop) as he was outstanding", said Best.

Hansen now boast a win record of close to 90 per cent, and would likely be offered a renewal by New Zealand Rugby.

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