Schmidt eyes more history against Hansen's All Blacks

Schmidt eyes more history against Hansen's All Blacks

"I know Bundee Aki is very ready to play for us in this weekend's fixture".

Schmidt admits his side must not repeat the errors that cropped up in the 28-17 win over Argentina last Saturday.

New Zealand vented frustrations at losing to Ireland for the first time two weeks earlier, when Schmidt's men pulled off that superlative 40-29 triumph in Chicago.

Coach Schmidt admitted he is still smarting from their 24-22 loss to New Zealand in Dublin in 2013, when the All Blacks rallied from a 22-7 deficit and scored the winning try in injury time. Malakai Fekitoa was lucky to avoid a red card and Sam Cane's high hit on Robbie Henshaw went unpunished.

Joe Schmidt's men have a chance to top the world rankings for the first time in history if they can secure that elusive home win over the All Blacks, the likes of which has never been seen before. These are the types of Test matches that gets everyone up - it's number one versus number two - and there's a real excitement that's building as we get closer to Saturday.

The world champion All Blacks have made just one injury-enforced change to the match-day squad to face Ireland in Saturday's one-off Test showdown in Dublin. I don't think there's any confusion with that.

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The All Blacks coach concedes his team has not played at its best this season, though it has lost only once: to South Africa by two points during the Rugby Championship. And that's what will make it a fairly spiky contest this weekend.

"We had a year that everyone said wasn't great, but we still managed to win a lot of games and we are doing the same thing this year".

'He trained very well on Tuesday, but he's had a bit of soreness.

R Kearney (Leinster, above) K Earls (Munster), G Ringrose (Leinster), B Aki (Connacht), J Stockdale (Ulster), J Sexton (Leinster), K Marmion (Connacht), C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster, capt), T Furlong, D Toner, J Ryan (all Leinster), P O'Mahony (Munster), D Leavy (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster).

Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, Andrew Porter, Iain Henderson, Josh van der Flier, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Jordan Larmour.

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