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We're not whingers: Ireland team manager Mick Kearney following New Zealand defeat

By Jonathan Bradley

Team manager Mick Kearney has told critics of the Ireland squad to look at the facts in the wake of their defeat to the All Blacks on Saturday.

Some in New Zealand were unimpressed by the Irish response to the 21-9 loss after the hosts were left bewildered by referee Jaco Peyper's performance in Dublin.

Today All Blacks Sam Cane and Malakai Fekitoa will be in London at a disciplinary hearing after being cited for alleged dangerous high tackles on Robbie Henshaw and Simon Zebo.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has stated that they will not challenge the Fekitoa charge, but they'll certainly be putting a defensive case forward for Cane.

Ireland confirmed last night that Henshaw was unconscious before he hit the ground due to a "shoulder contact with the jaw".

"I don't think we are whinging at all," Kearney said. "I think the facts speak for themselves. We don't cite anybody.

"We don't make complaints to the citing officer because at the end of the day, they have the angles to look at the game.

"What I would say is the citing officer, Bruce Kuklinski, picked out 12 incidents during the game, 11 of them referred to New Zealand.

"The one that referred to us - CJ Stander - was a clean-out of Sam Cane at a ruck and we were cleared of any foul play in that incident. But there were a number of tackles and bangs around the head.

"World Rugby had said if these incidents occur then you are liable to a red card possibly. That obviously didn't happen at the weekend."

With Ireland announcing yesterday that Johnny Sexton, along with Henshaw, are out of Saturday's final Guinness Series match against Australia, Ulster out-half Paddy Jackson is expected to start at No.10.

CJ Stander may also miss the Test match as he undergoes return to play protocols, while Rob Kearney also displayed concussive symptoms and will receive the same monitoring.

Ulster's Stuart Olding and Munster's Rory Scannell have been called into the squad.

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