They'd topped their World Cup group and with England dumped out things couldn't be going better.
"It's not the injury, it is really how he is and how fit he is", said the 53-year-old New Zealander.
It's not as surprising as, I suppose, it would have been had we had a full preparation or we hadn't had late changes.
They're competitors and Conor Murray is a real competitor, so if he says he's right to play, he'll be right to play.
With Hansen's future seemingly undecided after next year's World Cup in Japan, speculation is rife as to who should replace the 2015 World Cup winning coach at the helm of the All Blacks.
Ireland have won their second successive match of this year's November series after overcoming Argentina in what was at times, an error-strewn performance from Joe Schmidt's side.
"There's got to be a degree of consideration for getting the best players on the pitch, and maybe that's what Mario's looking for, with Guido Petti in the back-row, with Alemanno and Lavanini at lock this weekend", said Ireland boss Schmidt.
"The legacy, obviously physically, is the trophies but it is also what Leinster have become and what Ireland are pushing towards and have achieved". But you'll probably start to see that more and more, as guys have had five, six, 10 years involved with him, start to retire and start to take up that side of the game.
Still no know time frame for Porzingis' return to Knicks
The Knicks have never put a timetable on his return, though a typical recovery might allow him to play late in the 2018-19 season. New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale has cleared the air on Kristaps Porzingis' rehabilitation from an ACL injury.
'SNL' brings on congressman-elect to get apology from Pete Davidson
This is Veterans Day weekend, which means that it's a good time for every American to connect with a veteran". Heroes like Pete's father. "Never forget", Davidson said in response, closing out the segment.
Kevin Anderson rates his chances ahead of ATP Finals
Maybe Wimbledon and the US Open didn't go the way I was hoping, but they were perhaps the only disappointments this season. World No.10 Isner is set to face Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Marin Cilic in his pool and says it's a huge opportunity.
Best, who will earn his 112th cap on Saturday, was unequivocal about where Schmidt stood in terms of who he had been coached by. So that's who you want in charge of the national team.
Pumas fly-half Nicolas Sanchez - whose 12 points took him to 692 Test points - landed a long range penalty in the third minute after young fullback Jordan Larmour failed to release the ball.
The World Player of the Year nominee made no mistake from a shorter range, giving the home side a slim one-point lead going into the final quarter.
Though Ledesma responded by throwing a line back in Larkham's direction - saying that Michael Cheika double-jobs by not only being Wallaby head coach but also effectively performing Larkham's by being the one devising the attack moves - the former Pumas' hooker saved the best to last as Argentina turned Australia over in their own backyard.
"So there's plenty of options and there's plenty of good young coaches around".
"We always said if a conversation was needed to the contrary we'd have it".
"They didn't quite get home in one which perhaps they perhaps had enough opportunities to".
"We chat fairly regularly and it has never been mentioned, it has all been about planning for this season".