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Trimble studying for All Blacks test

By Jonathan Bradley

With the Guinness PRO12 starting this weekend, minds will be focused on domestic matters but Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt already has his side thinking about November's meetings with New Zealand.

Ireland meet the All Blacks, who they have never beaten, twice this autumn with the first of the contests an historic match in Chicago's Soldier Field.

Throughout last week's camp at Carton House, Andrew Trimble says Schmidt loaded his squad with plans on how to topple the world's best side.

"The next game is the All Blacks so that was the focus," said the Ulsterman. "There was an awful lot squeezed into two days' work. We looked at what they're doing now, what they did a year ago. The All Blacks are a side who can play 10 different ways and that's not easy to prepare for.

"It's an even more daunting task whenever you play them twice. It didn't surprise any of the boys that there was a lot of homework. It's important we go away and have thoughts on how we can beat them.

"They'll play plenty of games between now and then so hopefully we'll get an idea."

Since winning the World Cup in Twickenham just under a year ago, Steve Hansen's men have swept a series with Wales and opened the Rugby Championship with a pair of wins over Australia. For Trimble, Ireland must mix healthy respect for the opposition with confidence in their own ability.

"It's important we appreciate how good that team is but also that they're just 15 guys on a pitch," he added.

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