Ireland coach laughed off his New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen’s claim that the Irish are Currently World Cup favourites after beating the All Blacks 16-9 in Dublin on Saturday.

The world side secured their first ever home win over the top-ranked world champions of Hansen.

“I guess they’re favourites [for the World Cup],” explained Hansen.

However, Kiwi native Schmidt described the New Zealand’s coach as”a little bit of banter”.

“So for us to be favourites if they’ve been the planet number-one group for nine decades, and are still the world number-one group?” When asked to respond to the comments of Hansen said Schmidt.

“We had been at home, and they’re coming off a very long series of games where they’ve travelled around the world lots of times.

“The ence had been phenomenal tonight. And that is a lot of things stacked in our favour.

“So we’ll take tonight, and abandon 11 months’ time for 11 months’ time.

We’ve got to work hard to ensure we are prepared for your USA [next week],” said Schmidt, who is expected to decide by the end of this month whether he’ll consent to a contract extension with Ireland beyond next year’s global championship.

Jacob Stockdale shows his delight after scoring Ireland's crucial try

Schmidt indicated as possible Hansen successor

It remains unclear whether World Cup-winning trainer Hansen will stay after next year’s tournament in Japan and Schmidt has been indicated a reform following the All Blacks boss does step down.

“I’ve enormous respect for Steve, Fozzy [Ian Foster], and Scott MacLeod, their coaching staff,” added Schmidt.

The All Blacks will retain their standing despite the defeat of Saturday but Hansen said the winner would earn the bragging rights that are worldwide.

“As I said earlier in the week this has been number one versus number two in the world,” explained Hansen.

“As of today they’re the number-one group in the world.

“So if you want to make them World Cup favourites, go ahead.”

The New Zealand coach said his side were”gutted” by Saturday’s defeat because the Irish, helped by Jacob Stockdale’s second-half try, earned a deserved victory despite overdue Blacks pressure.

“[However ] This will be quite useful as this team has not suffered many [defeats] over the past 3 decades,” he explained.


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