Saturday , March 6 2021

Irish is big enough for All Blacks, says Ryan Crotty



Six Nations Grand Slam champion Ireland presents a challenge for world champion New Zealand in Saturday's test for the Kiwis, not to be motivated by a painful defeat in 2016, says Ryan Crotty.

The 30-year-old attributed his own pain to Irish 2013 in Dublin and made a try of the game's last move, which was converted to snatch victory after the opponents had led 22-17.

He believes that a conflict between the two best teams in the world in the Lansdowne Road chain is more than one player could request.

"How can not you be excited if you have the opportunity to play?" Sa Crotty at a media conference.

"There are two of the best teams in the world going on this awesome atmosphere, amazing stadium, amazing fans. You do not have to go anywhere else, you do not have to go into the past to find the desire and the intensity to play and play good. "

Hooker Dane Coles, who gave Crotty the chance to do that day in Dublin, said he and his teammates would not endure what they did in Chicago. "I think we do everything in our power to not happen again, for us [he and Crotty] Both were involved in Chicago and that was not a good feeling, "said Coles.

"We can talk about history and things so, but it's only about this week. We will not get into the past for extra motivation. There will be plenty of motivation just to concentrate on this week and hopefully few the job done. "

Crotty, who missed out on the winning World Cup squad in 2015, and Coles, seem to have the same understanding of the plan as on it.

Their teamwork came when Crotty was asked if the All Blacks had the same intensity that entered the match as they did in 2016 when they arrived in Dublin a few weeks after the Chicago defeat and beat the Irish.

"I hope so," Crotty said. "We'll need. If we do not.

"Come Out Next Best", Coles, injected as a key member of the World Cup winner in 2015, but in recent years, injuries have seen Codie Taylor take place at the start XV. Coles says Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has given the Irish a much more formidable set of skills than they had before.

"They definitely got a more all-round game," said 31-year-old. "They are not the classic team who just scrums and runs, their skill is enormous and we have felt defeat and things like that.

"They can actually play, forward having great skills, great respect for them.

"They have probably added their own little taste to international footy for the past six or seven years."

Crotty, what jokes he has had to apologize to every Irish he met since he made the 2013 trial, disagrees with the perception that their opponent has changed since Schmidt took over 2013, despite their last three games being far closer than many of the meetings before his era.

"They're just outstanding," Crotty said. "I do not know if the perception has changed, but I think respect is definitely there that they are one of the best in the world's rugby."

AFP


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