Behind the scenes footage of Ireland's historic win over All Blacks

Schmidt dismisses Hansen's Ireland World Cup favourites claim as 'banter'

But finally there can be real debate over which team is the world's best right now, with Ireland palpably peaking in class and belief.

Ireland boss Schmidt insisted afterwards, however, that All Blacks coach Hansen installing his men as World Cup favourites should be viewed as a cute ruse.

"He (Farrell) will be very pleased with how the weekend went, and he will be pleased with all the lads who put in the hard work to make his good work come to fruition. I guess they are favourites".

Perhaps most ominous for the reigning world champions is the belief of Joe Schmidt, the brains behind Ireland's remarkable rise, that his impressive green machine can improve further.

'We're all going to be making an announcement shortly. Shane Byrne shared his thoughts on Schmidt and his future as the Ireland head coach.

"Unfortunately for us the likelihood is becoming irresistible for New Zealand to go after him".

There was a twinkle in Jacob Stockdale's eye as he considered the question. This time the Ulster winger's chip was flawless, as was the bounce.

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As the 22-year-old Stockdale later revealed none of it was remotely an accident. They have won 17 of their last 18 Tests, they have just secured their first every victory over the back-to-back world champions on home soil (and their second in three seasons) and they have done so with as disciplined and destructive a performance as you could hope to have seen at the very top of this worldwide game'.

With the U.S. coming to Dublin for Ireland's final November worldwide of this window, we can expect to see some of Ireland's fringe players get an opportunity on Saturday.

They were almost made to pay early in the second period when Kieran Read charged down a risky Stockdale chip-kick but failed to gather with the try line at his mercy.

Given he was still in Ulster's academy when Ireland beat the All Blacks in Chicago, he was as thrilled as anyone at the final whistle.

"I suppose the key thing is being part of a pretty special team". There have been 113 years of guys who have played at Lansdowne Road or the Aviva and have failed to beat them. There were some nervy moments from Best in open play, one lost ball led to the All Blacks levelling at 3-3 but it was noticeable once Best and Toner left the pitch that the New Zealanders lineout jumpers began to make some hay out of Sean Cronin's throw ins.

After a pulsating chase, he evaded Aaron Smith and Damian McKenzie to score a superb try.

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