Wednesday 16 January 2019

Read: Win it for Lomu

All Blacks skipper wants to honour anniversary with revenge in Dublin

All Blacks captain Kieran Read. Pic: Sportsfile
All Blacks captain Kieran Read. Pic: Sportsfile

The mighty All Blacks will look to the heavens to the spirit of Jonah Lomu for "greater motivation" against Ireland.

The man who changed the face of rugby died a year ago yesterday from long-term health issues.

"To me, he is a massive inspiration. He is the reason why I play footy," said captain Kieran Read.

"I grew up in the area where he was from and played his footy. I went to watch him every weekend, so he is a massive inspiration for me and a lot of the guys."

Certainly, New Zealand won't lack for reasons to overturn their hosts at the Aviva Stadium this evening.

This is also the earthquake that has shaken the country and the less significant matter of the loss of a world-record 18 test matches unbeaten.

Ireland captain Rory Best moved to squash any speculation about All Black arrogance ahead of the blockbuster international at the Aviva Stadium.

"We didn't get that at all. They were very humble after the game in the respect they gave us," said Best.

"We don't see any of that. We hear people talking about it. We didn't get any of that.

"In terms of disrespect, there was definitely no feeling whatsoever of that from our side."

The Irish captain went to great lengths to lay out the size of the challenge for Ireland to make it two-in-a-row.

"You know playing the All Blacks you are going to need several options off several set-pieces to have any chance of winning."

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