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Ireland v New Zealand: All Blacks still out of this world, says Ulster's Andrew Trimble

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster's Andrew Trimble has stressed that back-to-back World champions New Zealand have lost none of their "fear factor" after suffering their first ever loss to Ireland two weeks ago.

The sides will meet again this evening in the Aviva Stadium (5.30pm kick-off) and Trimble believes that his team's historic win in Chicago makes the challenge of welcoming the All Blacks to Dublin more difficult.

"It's going to be a massive challenge and we're up for it," said the winger, who will win his 68th cap.

"We've taken some confidence from the last game, I think the right amount of confidence. They are still the best team in the world and we still go out with a massive fear factor.

"I think we're going to have a really tough time and there'll be a big backlash. We're going to have our hands full for 80 minutes and it's a big, big challenge but it's one that we're up for."

While Ireland have made only one change to their starting side, Steve Hansen has made five alterations.

Trimble expects the likes of Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick to be an upgrade on Chicago.

"They've a few coming back from injury who are going to be a big, big threat," he added.

"Who in their right mind would have thought we had a chance of doing the double over the All Blacks? It just doesn't happen and that makes the challenge this week even bigger."

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