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Friday 21 September 2018

O'Connell wants a shot at history

Paul O'Connell
Paul O'Connell

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell sees test matches against New Zealand as "a shot at history every time you play them".

The fallout from Australia on Saturday and the injury doubts hanging over the heads of Jonathan Sexton, Brian O'Driscoll and Rob Kearney poured ice cold water over the plans to make it 28th time lucky.

"It's not something you can dwell on," said O'Connell (right). It's motivation for us to try and change it. In recent years, I've been involved in a lot of very tight games with New Zealand.

"I wasn't on the tour two years ago when the boys nearly won, but it's something that motivates you. If we can produce our best when it's needed then we have a shot at creating history.

"It's getting a combination of that accuracy, detail, clarity with the intensity that's required," added O'Connell.

There has to be a strong doubt over the ability of Sexton (hamstring), O'Driscoll (calf) and Kearney (rib) to endure the physical trauma their bodies will be put through without one or all being forced off.

There is even the possibility that an injury will flare up overnight, as Sexton was involved in training yesterday for the first time since the Australia match.

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