Rugby World Cup 2019: Webb Ellis Cup stakes up the ante for Dane Coles

Dane Coles sees no point in looking back at the recent past.

The All Blacks hooker is a likely starter, when New Zealand play Ireland in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Saturday night in Tokyo.

Ireland escaped from pool play, despite a shock loss to Japan, but will take solace in their record against the All Blacks dating back to Chicago in 2016. 

The Irish caused a rugby boilover that day, securing a first test win over the world champions, which they followed with a hard-fought 16-9 victory in Dublin last November.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Webb Ellis Cup stakes up the ante for Dane Coles

Coles was part of both those losing efforts and admitted the emerald greens have earned the right to hold no fears against the black jersey.

But the 32-year-old believes the lure of the Webb Ellis Cup brings completely different circumstances that reset the form book. 

"I'm sure this game is going to be very different," Coles said on Tuesday.

"We all know that being in a World Cup is very different and both teams will make sure their focus is on this week, instead of other games that have happened before."

The All Blacks haven't been at their best in 2019, fuelling predictions of an upset come Saturday night.

A heavy loss to the Wallabies in Perth followed a disappointing draw against South Africa in Wellington.

But an impressive opening World Cup win over the Springboks showed what the side are capable of when the stakes are high and Coles is urging his teammates to bring that type of commitment to their performance in the knockout clash.

"It's very important we bring it this week, because if we turn up like we did in Perth, we'll be going home," Coles noted.

"It's an individual thing and we came to the consensus it's up to the individual to go to that place he needs to. If we don't bring that for a quarterfinal against Ireland, it's not on. 

"I'm pretty sure the boys will go to that place they need to, and turn up with the intent and energy for Saturday."

In Dublin, the All Blacks went tryless in a test match broken apart by a moment of individual brilliance from Irish winger Jacob Stockdale.

Ireland's gameplan is based around tenacious defence, a clinical kicking game and capitalising on the ill-discipline of the opposition.

Coles said the All Blacks recognised that they must provide a constant threat with ball in hand, to cause a shift in focus from the Irish, as Japan showed earlier in the tournament.

"It's important we take our chances. We're not going to get what we've been given in pool play, but we've got to worry about us and the things we've been working on. 

"We might get one chance to pull it off and we've got do that.

"We've been working hard at our game on attack, and hopefully we get some pictures on Saturday and execute those."

Kickoff between the two international heavyweights is 11:15pm on Saturday.

Join us at 11:15pm Saturday for live updates of the All Blacks v Ireland Rugby World Cup quarter-final

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