Ireland wary of wounded All Blacks
Joe Schmidt insists he faces “tough decisions” over Ireland’s back-row, back-three and front-row for next week’s Test against New Zealand. The All Blacks will be desperate to avenge their 40-29 defeat to Ireland in Chicago earlier this month and Schmidt admitted he will be spend the first half of this week agonising over the XV for the eagerlyanticipated rematch. “It’s tough, yeah – in the back-row, the back-three, even front-row there’s some tough decisions,” said Schmidt. “So we’ll get together and sort those out. We’ll announce the squad on Thursday and that squad will have been really, really closely looked at. “Hopefully it will be the right squad to give the All Blacks another good game.” Ireland fielded an entirely new XV from the side that made history with the maiden win over the All Blacks on Saturday when they eased past Canada 52-21 in Dublin. Tiernan O’Halloran claimed a brace in the Canada triumph and could be pushing hard for selection against New Zealand.