Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Ireland issue squad injury update following New Zealand win

Ireland issue squad injury update following New Zealand win

"People might say, 'OK, they won in Chicago, it was a one-off, almost.' But to be able to back it up again shows that we are still learning, still getting better, and learning from past performances".

Other favourites for the position should Hansen step away include All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster, who has worked under Hansen since 2012, and Montpellier coach Vern Cotter, who interviewed for Hansen's position after the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The 16-9 victory yielded a lot of talking points but here AFP Sports whittles it down to three things we learned from an epic Test match between the two top-ranked teams in the world - the champions of their respective hemispheres - less than a year out from the World Cup.

The victor of the 2018 World Rugby Player of the Year will be decided by a panel of judges, plus players and coaches, at the World Rugby Awards ceremony in Monte Carlos on November 25. I really think it's an open race although obviously the favourites are New Zealand and Ireland.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

The brewery were naming sponsors of Ireland's home series of matches against Argentina, the All Blacks and the US. What everyone was saying - what Sexto (Jonathan Sexton), Pete (O'Mahony) and Bestie (Rory Best) were driving - I don't think anyone was going to give up anything, to be honest. That he did and probably dispelled doubts about his ability to lead the team into the Six Nations and then the World Cup. "He said: 'We'll benchmark tonight and say: can we reach that again?" "That is the message we get from the coaches, that we can play heads-up rugby", said Stockdale, the Johnny Cash-loving son of a prison chaplain, who has scored 12 tries in only 14 Tests.

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"The players live in a bit of a bubble at this time".

Hansen, who said the team were "gutted" and the dressing room was somber, insisted that defeats can be turned into positives down the line.

O'Mahony was pulled just after the hour mark of Ireland's 16-9 win over New Zealand on Saturday and will have his training load managed accordingly at Carton House this week while fellow flanker Leavy has been sent back to Belfield where he will rehabilitate from a strained neck.

Hansen is expected to stand down after next year's tournament in Japan, with Ireland coach Joe Schmidt the leading contender to take over.

"He is a good coach but you can't do that without having a great coaching team round you", Hansen said.

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