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A formidable task awaits but fans are behind Ireland

Editor's Viewpoint

The exciting knock-out stage of the Rugby World Cup will hopefully witness some titanic tussles, and Ireland have been drawn against the world champions New Zealand, who have not lost a match in this competition since 2007.

Ireland have reached the quarter-finals despite losing to Japan - who are surprising everyone with their skill - and ahead of them lies a huge mountain to climb.

However, Ireland have beaten New Zealand soundly within the past few years, and although they have seemed under par in two of their pool games in this competition, they still have skill and courage in abundance.

They also have Joe Schmidt, one of the world's top coaches, and on the day anything can happen, which is one of the glories of sport.

Whatever the outcome, it is certain that many supporters in Japan and around the world will rally to 'Ireland's Call'.

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