Joe Schmidt Plays The All Blacks At Their Own Game With Some Excellent Comments
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Ireland made it back-to-back wins over Wales yesterday in their final warm-up game before they fly out for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, with the result set to make them the number one team in the world when the rankings are released on Monday.
New Zealand reclaimed top spot last week, but Ireland’s 19-10 win is enough to make their latest reign at the top shortlived. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt says it’s a nice “label” to have but as far as he’s concerned – it’s not “relevant.”
“I didn’t even realise we were number one until the post-match interview,” said Schmidt.
“That’s how far away from our thoughts it’s been. It’s a label, it’s a nice label to get, and it’s a nice first time that we’ve been in that position.
“We have been lucky enough to tick off a few firsts with this group in the last six and a half years. But that label is not going to be relevant to anyone.
Schmidt then went on to play the All Blacks at their own game by putting the pressure back on Steve Hansen’s side just like they did to Ireland.
The New Zealand boss said that Ireland were the number one team in the world after their win over his side back in November, despite them being officially ranked second. And now Schmidt has said “we all know” who the real favourites are for the World Cup despite Ireland being ranked number one.
“We all know who the favourites are for the Rugby World Cup, and it’s not us.” he added
Over to you All Blacks.