Ireland Set For World Rankings Boost Following Historic All Blacks Victory


"We knew we were going to have to play well, we knew we were going to have to attack them and go after them - we did that".

"They're going to make more players now and more money".

New Zealand have no shortage of quality coaching options to step into an All Blacks role should Hansen decide to step down after the next World Cup. "I feel we're in a pretty good space right now mentally, and physically we're in the best shape we can be as well".

"All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said that the victor of this game could justifiably claim to the world's best team and, while they remain No 2 on the rankings, Joe Schmidt's Ireland are top of the world", Ruaidhri O'Connor wrote for the Irish Independent.

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"We still had belief in ourselves to try and get across the line but it wasn't to be, so give them the credit".

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There certainly wasn't another Ryan Crotty moment as the All Blacks probed for a last-gasp try akin to the centre's match-winner that famously denied Ireland victory in Dublin in 2013.

Speaking to Channel 4 Sport after the game, Rory Best praised Ireland's defensive performance.

Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt has got the better of Hansen again after leading Ireland to their maiden win against the All Blacks in Chicago two years ago and Irish media have labelled this win as "inspirational" and said it's a "golden age" for the boys in green.

"However the All Blacks are still odds-on favourites at 2/5 for the win, with Ireland at 12/5".

"That's the sad thing about being a coach, you're in the coaches' box so you don't really hear anything", he said when asked by a New Zealand journalist about the atmosphere at the stadium.

The victory means that Ireland will sit at 91.17 points, their highest tally ever and just 1.37 points off Steve Hansen's All Blacks.

"The All Blacks are giving away seven points on the handicap at odds of 11/10 and as they showed last week they are still the masters of the comeback and we have the visitors to be behind at half-time but to go on to win at 5/1 from 9/2".