Schmidt coy ahead of All Blacks rematch


Coach Joe Schmidt is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of Ireland's rematch against the All Blacks, refusing to give much away regarding team selection following his second-string team's victory on Saturday.

Schmidt named an entirely changed XV as an experimental Ireland accounted for Canada 52-21 in Dublin.

Ireland scored eight tries to three at Aviva Stadium but the attention quickly turned to next week's showdown with New Zealand, after Schmidt's men beat the All Blacks for the first time in their 111-year history on November 5.

"There's a few guys out there who did quite well," Schmidt said after a number of players staked their claim for a regular starting role.

"It was good to get some of the experienced guys some minutes and at the same time some of the younger guys impressed.

"I'll have a look at the footage and that'll give me a better indication along with the other coaches and we'll get together and have a look at training."

As for the performance itself, New Zealand-born Schmidt was not completely satisfied, adding: "It was good and bad really.

"There was some really good patches and it was good to see those players out there, but at the same time there was some messy patches and I think the error count stacked up."

Man-of-the-match Ultan Dillane lamented via RTE Sport: "It was definitely a good result in the end but we wanted to build from last week and we made it a bit tough on ourselves in the first half but we got there in the second half.

"You have to have respect for other teams and Canada definitely had us going in the first half but thankfully we got there in the end.

"There were eight new caps today and I think every single one of them did well. Dan Leavy, James Tracey and Niyi Adeolokun name a few, so fair play to the boys."