Ireland deserved to win

Ireland deserved to win

"We had a pretty good chat about it over the summer and then we'll just confirm things, one way or the other".

All Blacks boss Hansen hailed Ireland as the "number-one team in the world" following their superlative victory over his back-to-back world champions at the Aviva Stadium.

Asked, after his Irish side beat New Zealand 16-9, if Hansen was just pulling everyone's chain, Joe Schmidt just exhaled before allowing himself to smile.

"As I said earlier in the week this was number one versus number two in the world", said Hansen.

Compliments and accolades being juggled like hot potatoes on a clear, crisp November night in Dublin.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt still measures the progress of his side by their matches against his homeland.

Schmidt had the room laughing on a couple of occasions in his press conference, alongside Ireland captain Rory Best.

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"I took my dad down to the match and the two of us were sitting in the VIP seats with all the players' families around us so there was just incredible high fives, hugging, cheering - just such an outbreak of emotion".

"People will I suppose postulate about who's where, who's favourite".

"I'm always on the look-out and always keeping my eye out". There was a good one recently that the Highlanders played and I said to the coaches, "Maybe we can do this". Former Ireland and Leinster hooker Shane Byrne spoke to Jamie Moore on this morning's Now That's What I Call Sport. "There were times when we did get severed but the great thing about "Faz" is he will look at those and say there are a couple of solutions there what do you think guys? They will want to get him back home, but he's been absolutely fantastic".

"It's nice when everyone knows their role and those moves come off, but the other coaching staff come up with ones as well". "I thought it was for Tadgh (Furlong a prop) as he was outstanding", said Best. "I can't take too much of the credit; it was a training ground move and it paid off massively".

Hansen now boast a win record of close to 90 per cent, and would likely be offered a renewal by New Zealand Rugby.