"I've had boys from New Zealand who have been bells for six months" – Even Joe Schmidt fights for All Blacks




19 November 2016; Irish coach Joe Schmidt left in an interview with New Zealand coach Steve Hansen before the autumn international match between Ireland and New Zealand at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photos by Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
19 November 2016; Irish coach Joe Schmidt left in an interview with New Zealand coach Steve Hansen before the autumn international match between Ireland and New Zealand at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photos by Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Will Slattery

Irish coach Joe Schmidt said he was flooded with a request for New Zealand tickets before a glorious encounter with All Blacks – but wants Aviva Stadium to be a green saga next Saturday.

World number one next weekend counts with the second world number when Ireland gives its home winning stripe on the board with the Steve Hansen team.

World Cup winners last week in Twickenham with England 16-15, while Ireland fought for a long time in their 28-17 victory over Argentina, with enthusiasm already building on the first clash between Schmidt's party and New Zealand from 2016.

All three matches Ireland played against All Blacks since Schmidt took over in 2013 were close, with Ireland twice losing tight matches at the Aviva stadium and also witnessing the first victory against New Zealand in Chicago in 2016.

In an interview after Saturday's victory over Argentina, Schmidt confirmed the building's anticipation of the collision and revealed that he had received plenty of ticket requests before the Kiwis before the match.

"Look, it's exciting," Schmidt said. "In New Zealand, I wanted to try to search for tickets for the last six to nine months.

"I did not get any tickets, so I can not give you tickets so if you have any spare, I have people to give you that.

"We should not really deliver them to Kiwis, because we want to get as much green as possible in what we can support.

"Because you know that we played them twice – I remember that the rumble in 2013 was phenomenal.

"When we drove that gauge for 10 minutes, the sound was just deafening."

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