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Ireland's Andrew Porter is tackled by New Zealand's Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane during their First Test clash at Eden Park in Auckland. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland's Andrew Porter is tackled by New Zealand's Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane during their First Test clash at Eden Park in Auckland. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland's Andrew Porter is tackled by New Zealand's Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane during their First Test clash at Eden Park in Auckland. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Isa Nacewa visited the Irish squad last week to catch up with some old friends from his time in Ireland. He left impressed by how confident the team were that they were about to be the first Irish side to beat the All Blacks on home soil.

That’s the job of the players and the coaches each week. They need to find a reason to believe. This Irish team is full of givers, characters who will do anything that’s asked of them in an Irish jersey. They have improved their attack significantly and have created a very strong identity and culture.


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