Schmidt: I'm still bleeding from the loss in 2013

Richie Mc Caw won two World Cups as New Zealand captain

Richie Mc Caw won two World Cups as New Zealand captain

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) chief Steve Tew has previously indicated that Schmidt was among the names that the NZR was considering to succeed current coach Steve Hansen, when his contract expires after next year's Rugby World Cup.

His comments were carried widely by New Zealand media. It's not the injury, it's really just how fully fit he is. I just think he will play.

"We shouldn't really be giving them to Kiwis anyway, because we want to get as much green in there, as much volume supporting us as possible".

The All Blacks are coming off a hard-fought 16-15 win against England at Twickenham, where the home side was a disallowed try away from a stunning win, while Ireland were also pushed hard in their victory over Argentina.

"I think it demonstrates that we need to get the auto tuned", Schmidt said.

Kieran Marmion also hobbled off before the hour mark with a leg injury, with his replacement Luke McGrath enjoying a fine cameo including the try that killed off Argentina's challenge.

"If Conor were to come back in, I have no doubt in my mind that he would be back firing on all cylinders if he steps back in to play", said Henderson. "We could have tried to see how he went on the pitch but it was right towards the end of warm-up and we just felt that it would be a two-fold risk: one, would he do more damage?"

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In fact, the Ireland out-half has played them 11 times in his career, eight for Ireland and three for the British and Irish Lions.

Steve Hansen says whoever wins Saturday's Test between the All Blacks and Ireland in Dublin should be regarded as the No 1 side in Test rugby.

"Maybe it's the expectation we have of ourselves or that you guys have of us now that we come out and hit the ground running every time", said Schmidt.

However, the preceding Test took place in Chicago, and saw Ireland record a long-overdue first ever victory over New Zealand.

That triumph ended an 18-match winning streak for the All Blacks, who wasted little time gaining revenge when the Kieran Read-led side won a rematch 21-9 two weeks later in Dublin.

"He carried down the left wing a couple of times, he carried through the middle a few times, defensively he was strong and got some good pressure on the ball and that's what you want from a seven".

"It's the top-ranked team versus the second-ranked team so I'd love to play", he added.

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