Tuesday 12 December 2017

VIDEO: Back in Black - New Zealand stars give reaction to victory over Ireland

The All Blacks might have beaten Ireland in the last 30 seconds of the match in the Aviva on Sunday but the players seem mighty relieved in the dressing room afterwards.

The players were interviewed in the immediate aftermath of the game and their relief is obvious.

The All Blacks won 14 consecutive matches in their 2013 schedule, but number eight Kieran Read thinks similar performance levels will simply not be good enough next year.

The reigning world champions became the first professional-era international side to complete a 100 per cent campaign with a 24-22 victory over Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

Read admitted completing that feat will be a lifelong source of pride but, after their summer break, the Crusaders loose forward said the All Blacks will get straight back to work and straight down to forcing further wide-reaching changes.

Unsure where the 2013 vintage sits in All Blacks or even world rugby history, Read said: "People will talk about how good this team is, but our job is to go out and win Test matches.

"We've created a real bond in this squad and we're right up there with everyone able to do the job.

"You can't look too far ahead in this game, you've got to adapt and change.

"Play like we did this year next year and it won't be good enough.

"Teams are improving all the time, so we've got to keep doing that too, that's one thing we've learned over the years.

"We'll have a great summer off now and enjoy a bit of family time over Christmas.

"But then we've got to come back and push to improve all over again."

England wrecked New Zealand's quest for a perfect 2012 at the final hurdle with a 38-21 victory at Twickenham 12 months ago.

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