Ire­land wary of fac­ing wounded All Blacks

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For­mer Ire­land flanker Stephen Fer­ris be­lieves the Ir­ish must be wary of fac­ing New Zealand in Dublin on Novem­ber 19 as the All Blacks will be “like a wounded an­i­mal”. Ire­land ended their long wait for a vic­tory over New Zealand last week­end, se­cur­ing a 40-29 win to end the world cham­pi­ons’ run of 18 straight tri­umphs. The All Blacks now have a chance to take re­venge on the Ir­ish in the Test at the Aviva Sta­dium. “I think the boys will put in an­other se­ri­ous shift,” said Fer­ris. “That’s what it’s go­ing to take but con­fi­dence will be high. “The whole of Ir­ish rugby was on a high over the week­end but the boys will be aware that the All Blacks can score from any­where and at any stage of the game. They will be a bit like a wounded an­i­mal.” Ire­land next face Canada on Satur­day be­fore fac­ing New Zealand the fol­low­ing week. And Fer­ris be­lieves Ire­land coach Joe Sch­midt will rest a num­ber of play­ers this week­end as he looks ahead to the Test against the All Blacks. He added: “A lot of new faces will come in against Canada and hope­fully we can get the win and then an­other one against New Zealand.”

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