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By Michael Morrow
BBC Sport NI at the Rugby World Cup
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has called on his hands to deny the thought they are currently going into Saturdays quarter-final from New Zealand as underdogs.
The All Blacks are thought to land a third straight World Cup while Ireland are currently aiming to reach a.
Despite some poor displays this season, Schmidt has backed the pedigree of his side to issue New Zealand.
You cant go out from an All Blacks side and accept you are second fiddle, Schmidt stated ahead of the Tokyo game.
There are a number of players within the side that have contributed to a reasonable bit of history .
As he backs his campaigners whove helped Ireland to the results in his six-year reign at the helm schmidts team selection for the quarter-final included no surprises.
Ireland under Schmidt have appreciated wins against all three of the southern hemisphere .
A first triumph in South Africa, a 2-1 series triumph in Australia and just two victories over New Zealand – one side they had never beaten – all have been delivered on Schmidts watch.
Of last November, the side that defeated the All Blacks for the first time on home soil , there are just three different faces to the: Iain Henderson, Robbie Henshaw and British and Irish Lions trio Conor Murray.
They have had some fairly powerful experiences collectively, said Schmidt of the team.
The first win on the All Blacks, the very first time we won at home against the All Blacks, however several other milestones along the way.
A lot of these players selected were in Australia last summer and have been in South Africa the summer before when people won in Cape Town.
The accumulation of those experiences together ideally assembles a bit of confidence as you will need to have some notion.
Despite Irelands impressive results during the last couple of decades, there is no question.
Even though Schmidts side blew hot and cold New Zealand revealed few chinks and lived up to their standing as the team to beat on the second day of the championship with a win over a South Africa.
The All Blacks are constantly raising the bar, Schmidt declared.
Everyone else is chasing the bar and trying to get to exactly the exact same height.
The winners of Saturdays quarter-final will fulfill England or Australia at Yokohama at the last four.
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