With Ireland set to go head-to-head with the All Blacks this weekend, this time back in their habitat of Dublin after their first round at Soldier field in Chicago, where they put up an astounding performance against the Kiwis in an emotional 40-29 victory after 111 years of misery against the side.
Although, this weekend, the All Blacks have their dominating second-row pairing back, which could mean a tough evening for the Irish, but Joe Schmidt’s side are up for the match up more than ever, hoping they can prove the first week of the Autumn Internationals wasn’t a fluke, but was a matter of quality.
As the Kiwis gain two of their key men back for this weekend’s trip to the Aviva, Ireland may facesome scary news in the days to come, as the scrum-half Conor Murray is in doubt for the game facing the ever-strengthening New Zealand side. This is down to hamstring injury which he even took with him to Chicago two weeks ago. With a 60% chance of Murray fielding at the weekend, nothing is definite yet, but the Irish will be praying that he can come out and put up another top performance to make it two wins in three weeks against the side who seemed unbeatable until the other week.
Will the Munster man be fit, or will Schmidt have to shuffle things about to cater for the missing 27 year old…