"After the opening game of the 2018 Guinness Series at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening a couple of players will be managed in training today following a physical encounter against Argentina but all are expected to train fully on Tuesday and Thursday".
He was among the players released to their provinces as coach Joe Schmidt took a smaller group to Chicago for their opening autumn global against Italy.
'We don't have to talk about it because there is enough experience in the group to know that this is the type of game it is. "Everyone seems to find another 10 percent when they play us because it is a good story if you can beat the All Blacks and everyone gets excited by that".
"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".
"I'd be delighted if we can be as competitive as the last three times we've played them", Schmidt said in Dublin of the looming All Blacks challenge. But Conor has that incredible capacity to exit us well, give us the free-flow and whip out a pass that makes him a world-class player.
Over the following weeks he made such an impression in Ireland's grand slam campaign that it became hard to fathom how he entered the tournament on the fringes of Joe Schmidt's team.
"It was a real Test match, really arduous". "We're looking forward to seeing how far we've come in two years and where we are in the world really".
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The All Blacks may have won the last meeting, but it came with the British and Irish media accusing the world champions of pushing the boundaries of physicality as they set out to gain "brutal revenge" for the Chicago upset.
In the second of their November internationals, Joe Schmidt's side defeated Argentina on Saturday in what proved to be as tricky a test as many had predicted it to be. I think the more time you spend in the environment in here, the more comfortable you get and the better you get.
"He'd be a loss for a lot of the teams in the world and he'll be a loss for us this week".
"The challenge for our guys is to step up and I'm confident that they can and at the same time I'm well aware of the challenge the All Blacks present".
Jordi Murphy, Rhys Ruddock and van der Flier will also be vying for the number seven jersey against New Zealand on Saturday but Leavy is hoping for his first shot at the All Blacks.
When asked about that memorable day, Hansen was keen to point out that his side are certainly not scarred by the defeat and admitted that Ireland should have beaten New Zealand on a number of occasions prior to Soldier Field.
"I think Kieran is alright".