Wigan rugby league legend Andy Farrell inspires Ireland's win over All Blacks

Ireland v New Zealand – Autumn International – Aviva Stadium

Ireland v New Zealand – Autumn International – Aviva Stadium

While for many of us it felt as.

Stockdale had just been asked whether the All Blacks' aura of invincibility had been shattered in the wake of Ireland's historic 16-9 victory on Saturday; a victory to which the 22-year-old Ulster wing had contributed no small amount, with a sensational try early in the second half, racing on to his own chip.

Ireland and New Zealand have met 31 times since their first match in 1905, with the All Blacks recording 28 wins to Ireland's brace of victories.

Radio New Zealand's Jamie Wall said all the post-match talk "should be about Joe Schmidt - the man who out-thought the All Blacks".

The 16-9 victory was the third time in the teams' last three clashes that Ireland have won, and the first on home soil.

When there is a shift in the axis of a sport, it is possible to get carried away - say, as a insane antidote to Brexit, if you wish.

There was a twinkle in Jacob Stockdale's eye as he considered the question. Ulstermen, both, and thriving in the borderless state that is Irish rugby.

"Ireland versus New Zealand is the great rivalry of the modern age".

It nearly paid off with number 8 CJ Stander first held up over the line and when Ireland bulldozed through the resulting scrum, fullback Rob Kearney should have touched down but instead knocked on Sexton's opportunistic chip over the top. Their knowledge has been made to count.

Ireland v New Zealand – Autumn International – Aviva Stadium
Ireland celebrate victory over New Zealand

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Saturday's test match between the world's top two teams, the champions of the northern and southern hemispheres, had been marked on the rugby calendar for more than a year as the most pivotal global match of the season.

Several times, just when the All Blacks seemed to be clicking into high gear, they either dropped the ball or kicked it away.

"Andy Farrell the last few years has been brilliant".

Could this be a smokescreen? "To overcome that was the most satisfying thing in my mind". Or are they mentally tired?

"So for us to be favourites when they have been the world number-one team for nine years, and continue to be the world number-one team".

But that was parked to one side as the New Zealand media highlighted headlines such as "Irish "import" play pays off" and "Schmidt a Kiwi at heart", referring to New Zealand-born Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

Of course, plenty can happen until now and Japan but this a moment to watch again and again and again and again. World Rugby will present their award for men's player of the year at a ceremony in Monte Carlo next Sunday.

Today, all hats must be tipped to the Irish. You won't win many pounds or euros by betting on Sexton receiving it.

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