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Sunday 20 October 2019

PRESSURE is on but can the All Blacks ‘haka’ the heat?

 

It’s the biggest game in four years – except this time the Irish team will hope to go where no other side has gone before and reach a semi-final.

 

Blocking their path are the formidable All Blacks but form – two wins in the last three – should ensure Ireland have no psychological hang-ups about facing the men in black and their formidable war dance Joe Schmidt’s side are gunning for the double world champions – and the opposition are definitely worried.

 

“We are playing a team that likes to suffocate you,” coach Ian Foster tells Cian Tracey.

 

Irish eyes are smiling however, after Risteard Cooper popped into camp and did what no player dares – pull off a side-splitting impression of the boss!

 

“Joe took it well,” Johnny Sexton tells Ruairidh O’Connor after doing a solitary Captain’s Run at the match venue. Can he kick it? Yes he can!

 

But who will have the last laugh tomorrow? Alison Miller recalls just what it takes to beat the All Blacks at a World Cup – and she should know!

 

Conor Murray knows the All Blacks are only human – except the inclusion of Sevu Reece, embroiled in a domestic violence incident while on the verge of signing for Connacht, doesn’t sit well with many.

 

 
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