Ire­land wary of wounded All Blacks

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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.

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