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All Blacks will be beaten by Ireland shortly

WHAT a game. Yes, we were beaten. But it was a narrow victory by what some suggest is the greatest rugby team the world has seen.

There are people who will say that there is no honour in defeat. Nonsense. Ireland gave us 80 minutes of top-class entertainment that almost denied the All Blacks their historic win.

There were many naysayers before the game who were hoping we could hold New Zealand to a non-embarrassing margin of win.

Ireland had other plans.

They had the unshakable self-belief they could win this match. In that pursuit, they served up a spectacle that made me proud.

To those of you who tuned in to a dreary Premier League match, you missed something special.

I am now even more convinced that our day against the All Blacks will come – and in the not-too-distant future.

JOHN BELLEW

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