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

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From Michael Morrow
BBC Sport NI at the Rugby World Cup
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has called on his side to reject the idea theyre going into Saturdays quarter-final from New Zealand as underdogs.
The All Blacks are favourites while Ireland are planning to accomplish a to land a third straight World Cup.
Despite some poor displays the pedigree of his side has been endorsed by Schmidt to issue New Zealand.
You cant go out against an All Blacks side and take you are second fiddle, Schmidt said ahead of the Tokyo match.
There are numerous players within the side which have led to a reasonable piece of history for us.
Schmidts team choice for the quarter-final included no surprises, as he backs up his campaigners whove helped Ireland into the greatest leads to his predominate.
Ireland under Schmidt have enjoyed wins against all three of the largest southern hemisphere .
A win in a series triumph in Australia, South Africa and 2 victories over New Zealand – one negative theyd never previously beaten – all have been sent on Schmidts watch.
Of the side that defeated the All Blacks on home soil for the first time last November , there are three different faces into the: Irish and British Lions trio Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw and Iain Henderson.
Theyve had some fairly powerful experiences collectively, said Schmidt of his team.
The first triumph over the All Blacks, the first time we won at home against the All Blacks, however some different landmarks on the way.
A lot of these players chosen were in Australia last summer and were in South Africa the summer before when people won at Cape Town.
The buildup of these experiences together ideally assembles a bit of confidence as you need to have some notion.
Regardless of the remarkable results over the past few decades of Ireland, theres no question.
While Schmidts side blew hot and cold throughout the group stage, New Zealand revealed few chinks in their armour and lived up to beat on the second day of the championship.
The All Blacks are always raising the bar, Schmidt declared.
Everyone else is still chasing the bar and trying to get to the identical height.
Saturdays quarter-finals winners and either Australia or England will meet at the previous four.
A World Cup quarter-final against Australia is time for its Eddie Jones project to provide, says former England scrum-half Matt Dawson.
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