Rugby World Cup: No more words, as All Blacks complete preparations for Ireland showdown

The All Blacks feel they're as ready as they can be for their blockbuster Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland.

The bookies might say the Irish have the advantage, but coach Ian Foster feels his side have the tools and the belief to punch a ticket to another World Cup semi-final.

They had one final runthrough in Paris on the eve of their showdown, the All Blacks are more than ready for do-or-die rugby against the best in the world.

Ardie Savea in action against Ireland.
Ardie Savea in action against Ireland. Photo credit: Photosport

"We know it's going to be a massive game and the only way to go into these games is believing in your game and who you are, and we do," said Foster.

Belief is one thing, but delivering on that is another against an Irish side looking to scale its World Cup Everest and advance to the semi-finals for the first time. The All Blacks face their own uphill climb.

"Rugby is a simple game," said Foster. "In playoffs, I reckon it's about the control through your set-piece, it's about having the confidence to execute your gameplan and not tighten up."

Confidence isn't an issue for this team this week. The talking is done, they know exactly what's at stake.

"Tomorrow's a hugely important match for this team and our goals, and what we want to achieve," says winger Will Jordan. "There's obviously no Monday, if things don't go well."

Ireland know what they're about to face at Stade de France will be a significant improvement on what they faced 18 months ago, when they captured their first series win on NZ soil.

"They're exceptionally dangerous with ball in hand," said Ireland attack coach Mike Catt. "[Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt] has definitely brought a physicality at the breakdown and their ballcarrying."

Ironically, a crucial part of Ireland's success in France have been three players that were lost to the All Blacks - Bundee Aki, James Lowe and Jamison Gibson-Park have been a revelation for Ireland, and now have a chance to dump the team they once aspired to out of the World Cup.

"They're part of the Irish team now and they're really important to us," said halfback Connor Murray. "I'm sure they'll want to get one over on their place of birth."

Whatever motivation they might have won't matter to Foster, who's desperate to live to fight another week.

"We don't want to die wondering," he said.

"The stage is set for a quarter-final showdown that has all the makings of a classic.

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