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Ireland knocks over All Blacks again 29-20

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Brilliant performance against a worthy opponent from the Irish team.

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Their eyes are indeed smiling

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getting easy to do this now.

Some Irish kids are growing up not expecting to lose to the All blacks.

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Maybe the All Blacks should concentrate on rugby and skip that ridiculous dance routine before the start?

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While Ireland played well, the lackluster ABs made them look even better, but NZ are still the most exciting RU team when they play full strength.

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Maybe the All Blacks should concentrate on rugby and skip that ridiculous dance routine before the start?

LOL. The funny dancing probably tires them out! Well played Ireland!

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I think the Haka being a "Funny Dance" is both disrespectful and ignorant. If you were to visit my local Marae in New Zealand and be greeted with a Powhiri and experience a Haka, would you laugh at that too??

Maybe Fiji, Samoa & Tonga should stop their funny dances too??

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And to add to my previous comments, people talk about Rugby mercenaries..Well check the player roster for yesterday's game and although not as bad as Scotland or Japan..you will find several Kiwis fast tracked into the Ireland squad to bolster their team.. James Lowe was turning out for the Chiefs and even the Maori All Blacks not so long ago, couldn't get into the big time and boom, he's an Irishman now in less than a year! Maybe Im a Sore loser..yeah nah yeah...

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A gentleman’s game played by hooligans or a hooligans game played by gentlemen. Watched the highlights, AB’s were definitely not firing on all four cylinders. Though as a first descent Londoner of Irish parents , a win is still a win.

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people talk about Rugby mercenaries..Well check the player roster for yesterday's game and although not as bad as Scotland or Japan..you will find several Kiwis fast tracked into the Ireland squad to bolster their team

The rugby nationality eligibility law is a complete joke. Unfortunately the rugby association is more interested in money than fairness nations like Samoa and Fiji both traditional rugby nations will never spring the type of surprise in the WC that you see in soccer WC. It is just too easy for the players to choose to play for the richer country they are playing and making money than their real nations. Samoa and Fiji are nothing but feeder nations for the richer nations.

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LunarTurner..

Maybe Fiji, Samoa & Tonga should stop their funny dances too??

Yes, all silly tongue poking, arm slapping dances should stop. Keep them for tourist shows, not rugby games.

The white Kiwis look especially embarrassing doing them.

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The Haka is a magnificent, powerful, cultural tradition from a likewise magnificent sporting country and people that is New Zealand.

It is 100% factually incorrect to imply this was in any way an under-strength All blacks team. This current Irish team doesn't allow opposition to get into gear.

Ireland have always been a world class rugby nation who just never peak at the world cup.

Ireland has players as good as the kiwis playing, especially in Munster which seem to be just out of favor with current IRFU management. Ask Irish people and they want only Irish players in the team. Every one of the top 10 teams have had non-national players at different times. Italy had an Irish player in their team up to last year. So that (valid) issue needs to be addressed at a world rugby union level.

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The Haka is a cultural tradition of the Maori..... no tradition for the whites from mainly the UK and Ireland. It has been promoted to "unite" the two cultures of New Zealand.

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