"I'd be delighted if we can be as competitive as the last three times we've played them", Schmidt said.
Ireland's Kiwi head coach Schmidt so almost toppled his compatriots at the Aviva Stadium five years ago, the hosts racing into a 22-7 half-time advantage only to relinquish that lead, and possible victory, at the death.
"But our scrum was really strong and on the back of that we did get a bit of access into the game".
Ireland ground past Argentina 28-17 in Dublin on Saturday, with the luckless Sean O'Brien breaking his right arm just 38 minutes into his first Test in 12 months.
"Because, you know, the two times we have played them here - I remember the roar in 2013 was phenomenal".
Schmidt said: "It's not the injury it's really just how ready Conor is, how fully fit he is because the injury itself has gone really well".Читайте также: Southern California fires force evacuation of Malibu
The All Blacks needed a converted try in injury time to claim a 24-22 triumph in Dublin five years ago, before Ireland ended a 111-year losing streak to New Zealand in 2016 when they ran in five tries to secure a remarkable 40-29 win in Chicago. Will Addison stepped in to make his first start and didn't let Ireland down, but Ireland will want to restore Ringrose with Bundee Aki.
"It is so little to do with me, I step back on a Thursday it is really player driven", he said. You get to play against these guys...
Kieran Marmion, who may have put himself in the driving seat at scrumhalf in Murray's absence after doing what Schmidt described as a "super job" in a sharp, try-scoring performance, should be fine after rolling his ankle, the coach said.
"They're the type of games you want to play so I've no doubt it's going to be a similar intensity".
"And we'll look at guys coming back and how they go on Monday and Tuesday, to get them in the mix".
"It's the top-ranked team versus the second-ranked team so I'd love to play", he added.
"They're probably fitter and aligned in how they want to play and as I said before, they've a great spine that goes through the team, they have world class players and that's why I believe Murray will play", he said.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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