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 hands to deny the thought theyre currently going into Saturdays quarter-final from New Zealand because underdogs.
The All Blacks are favourites to land a third World Cup while Ireland are currently aiming to achieve a.
Despite some displays this season, Schmidt has backed the pedigree of his side to issue New Zealand.
You can not go out from an All Blacks side and accept you are second fiddle, Schmidt said before the Tokyo match.
There are quite a few players within the side that have led to a fair piece of history for us.
As he backs his campaigners who have helped Ireland to the results in his predominate schmidts group choice for the quarter-final contained no surprises.
Ireland under Schmidt have enjoyed wins against three of the biggest southern hemisphere sides.
A first triumph in a series triumph in Australia South Africa and two victories over New Zealand – a side theyd never previously beaten – have been delivered on Schmidts watch.
On the side that defeated the All Blacks for the first time last Novemberthere are only three distinct faces into the: British and Irish Lions trio Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw and Iain Henderson.
Theyve had some pretty powerful experiences together, said Schmidt of his team.
The first triumph over the All Blacks, the very first time we won at home against the All Blacks, but several other landmarks along the way.
A lot of those players selected were in Australia last summer and have been in South Africa the summer before when people won at Cape Town.
The accumulation of those experiences together ideally assembles a little confidence because you will need to have some belief.
Regardless of Irelands remarkable results during the past couple of years, theres no question that the All Blacks stay firm favourites for Saturdays fixtures.
While Schmidts side blew hot and cold during the group stage, New Zealand lived up to their standing as the team to beat with a confident win over a strong South Africa on the second day of the tournament and revealed few chinks in their armour.
The All Blacks are always raising the bar, Schmidt confessed.
Everyone else is still pursuing the bar and trying to get to the identical height.
Saturdays quarter-finals winners will fulfill either Australia or England in Yokohama at the previous four.
A World Cup quarter-final from Australia is time to get its Eddie Jones job to provide, says former England scrum-half Matt Dawson.
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