Rugby World Cup: Ireland must ditch underdog tag – Joe Schmidt

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By Michael Morrow
BBC Sport NI at the Rugby World Cup
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has called on his side to reject the thought theyre currently going into Saturdays quarter-final from New Zealand as underdogs.
The All Blacks are thought to land a third consecutive World Cup while Ireland are currently planning to accomplish a very first semi-final.
Despite some poor displays Schmidt has backed his sides pedigree.
You cant go out against an All Blacks side and accept you are second fiddle, Schmidt said before the Tokyo game.
There are several players within the side which have led to a reasonable bit of background for us.
Because he backs his most experienced campaigners whove helped Ireland into the greatest results in his six-year predominate at the helm, schmidts team selection for the quarter-final included no surprises.
Ireland beneath Schmidt have enjoyed historic wins against three of the biggest southern hemisphere .
A win in a 2-1 series triumph in Australia, South Africa and two victories over New Zealand – one negative they had never beaten – all have been sent to Schmidts watch.
On the side that defeated the All Blacks on home soil for the first time last November , there are just three unique faces to the: Iain Henderson, Robbie Henshaw and British and Irish Lions trio Conor Murray.
Theyve had some fairly successful experiences together, explained Schmidt of the team.
The first triumph on the All Blacks, the very first time we won at home against the All Blacks, but a few different milestones along the way.
Lots of those players selected were in Australia last summer and were in South Africa the summer before when people won in Cape Town.
The accumulation of those experiences together hopefully builds a bit of confidence since you want to have some belief.
Regardless of the impressive results during the last couple of years of Ireland, there is no question the All Blacks remain firm favorites for Saturdays fittings.
Even though Schmidts side blew hot and cold New Zealand lived up to their standing as the team to beat with a win over a strong South Africa on the second day of the championship and showed few chinks.
The All Blacks are constantly raising the bar, Schmidt declared.
Everyone else is still chasing the bar and trying to get to exactly the exact identical height.
The winners of Saturdays quarter-final and Australia or England will fulfill in the previous four in Yokohama.
A World Cup quarter-final from Australia is time for its Eddie Jones project to send, says former England scrum-half Matt Dawson.
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