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All Blacks will hit back, says Schmidt

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 14/11/2016

Warning: Joe Schmidt
Warning: Joe Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has warned that New Zealand will be in Dublin "fully loaded" this week and with revenge on their minds.

The All Blacks take on Schmidt's side at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday (5.30pm), just two weeks on from Ireland's first ever victory over the World champions.

In a Belfast Telegraph exclusive last Monday, All Blacks coach Steven Hanson said Schmidt was "probably one of the best coaches around" and that Super Rugby teams in New Zealand were interested in recruiting his services.

"I think they'll come full-strength, fully loaded," said Schmidt after watching the men in green score eight tries in a 52-21 win over Canada.

"Maybe we surprised them a little bit (in Chicago earlier this month).

"They will look at us now after their Italy game and they'll have a really good plan."

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