Crotty out to haunt Irish
Ryan Crotty is back to haunt Ireland, just like the centre did in that dramatic November 2013 endgame.
It was as a replacement that the Crusader cut Ireland and left them bleeding to a late death on a cold night in the Aviva, having led for the majority of the game.
"Since then, I have had to apologise to every Irishman I met," revealed Crotty.
The humility factor led Crotty to put most of the credit in the bank of hooker Dane Coles, another possible starter for next Saturday.
"I remember Dane did all the work and I didn't have to do anything," said Crotty.
"It was special, 2013. It was nice to win, really special for the boys
"We're excited to be back," he added.
This time around Crotty looks a good bet to start, maybe beside his club colleague Jack Goodhue, now that Sonny Bill Williams has been ruled out with a shoulder injury.
In fact, it was the introduction of Crotty for Williams that, arguably, gave New Zealand the direct route forward they had been lacking against England at Twickenham.
Now, he turns his focus towards Ireland.
"They've got class players right throughout their back line," he said.
"They're playing some great rugby at the moment and whoever pulls on [jerseys] 12 and 13, the boys in our team, who are up against them, we'll have to prepare pretty diligently," he explained.