Three things learned from Ireland v New Zealand

"I know we have to prepare as well as we can physically".

"Epic stuff!" tweeted Irish rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll after Ireland's historic home win over world champions New Zealand on Saturday.

Meanwhile a number of All Blacks are on their way back to New Zealand.

Ireland's victory by one superb try to nil in a glorious and uproarious clash of the reigning champions of the northern and southern hemispheres not only subverted the world rankings that still have the New Zealanders narrowly ahead of the coming men in green, but also painted a tantalising image of the two teams' next meeting being with the Webb Ellis Cup at stake in Yokohama, Japan, next November. "I thought Rory Best described it pretty well afterwards", Schmidt said. The excess of ecstasy that flowed through Dublin, from the post-match circle of players on the pitch through to the thirsty supporters locked in bars, is a reminder that New Zealand remain the team to... "For me it was block out the pressure and go round doing what I do well for the team".

'Ireland are the world's best, then.

It was a superb try from Ulster player Jacob Stockdale's that helped push Ireland into a 16-6 lead.

New Zealand have retained their world number one status despite losing to second-placed Ireland, though All Blacks boss Steve Hansen believes the Irish can now call themselves the globe's best.

Hinton praised the "unassuming yet brilliant Kiwi coach" who "sent out a side not just motivated, but equipped with the skill, discipline and game-plan to sit the now previous best team in the world on their bums". The 43-year-old modestly says he has no magic formula, but Schmidt is in no doubt of his qualities.

In all, Hansen has now been involved with the All Blacks for 14 years; a period which includes two World Cup crowns in 2011 and 2015 as head coach. "We've just got to take those lessons". Not only was it a pre-planned move but the purposeful Jacob Stockdale was still prepared to give it a go, despite having nearly presented Kieran Read with a free gift from a less successful chip a few minutes earlier. This time the Ulster winger's chip was ideal, as was the bounce. "He doesn't necessarily look very fast but you make your own luck with those chances".

  • Rosalie Stanley