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Kidney focused on All Blacks
Recently appointed Ireland coach Declan Kidney has warned his players not to get carried away with their 55-0 thrashing of Canada as they go in search of victory over the All Blacks this weekend.
The Kidney era got off to the perfect start in tough conditions against Canada in Limerick, as his side ran in eight tries without reply. At the same time a largely second-string New Zealand side dispatched of Scotland with ease and Kidney remained level-headed after the result.
“We played well in the first half, the third quarter we dropped off quite a bit when we didn’t have the same intensity but we were ruthless in the final quarter,” said Kidney. “The subs brought a dynamic back to it and we finished it out.
“We can add so much to our game. But it is a bit early and we will not read too much into the scoreline. It was a good day’s work but we will not get carried away. There are things we need to look at for next week.”
Mils to slot straight back in.
Mils Muliaina has joined up with the rest of the New Zealand squad ahead of this weekend’s Test against Ireland.
The line-up for Saturday’s game at Croke Park should bear some resemblance to the side that beat Australia in Hong Kong.
Coach Graham Henry said the team hadn’t been picked yet, but it is expected that Muliaina will return at fullback following the birth of his son Max.
Muliaina’s arrival is timely with Isaia Toeava having picked up a shoulder injury in Sunday’s 32-6 win against Scotland in Edinburgh, while Cory Jane had a mixed game.
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