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To beat New Zealand, every player has to play above himself – not enough Irish players did that

Mick Galwey


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James Ryan after Ireland's defeat to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

James Ryan after Ireland's defeat to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

James Ryan after Ireland's defeat to New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Sobering, that’s the word for it.

An Irish team that came very close to a Six Nations Grand Slam this year was rightly put in their box in Auckland by an All Black team playing together for the first time in eight months.


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