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Schmidt believes Ireland’s strengths are no longer surprise to New Zealand


Joe Schmidt admits Ireland’s maiden two victories over New Zealand have denied his side the element of surprise in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final. Ireland stunned New Zealand 40-29 in Chicago in November 2016, for their first-ever win over the All Blacks, in 111 years of trying. Head coach Schmidt’s men then pulled off a first win over New Zealand in Dublin in November, with Jacob Stockdale’s try sealing a 16-9 Aviva Stadium triumph.

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