Forget All Blacks - focus on Pumas, Schmidt warns Ireland


"I think next week is a massive game in terms of a barometer of where they are going into next year but it's be all and end all". "We will look to see how we get better, how we improve and build into next week again", he added.

It would be Argentina in the quarter finals followed by probably Australia, jaysus the final is almost in reach.

Ireland made it 10 successive home wins in a 28-17 victory over Argentina on Saturday at Lansdowne Road that came at a cost for the Six Nations Grand Slam holders.

"The Irish mentality in the past has been about downplaying our chances, shying away".

Along with out-half Nicolas Sanchez, Argentina offer much in attack, though defensively they are vulnerable and, up front, nowhere near as formidable as used to be traditionally the case.

"But, this is all with one eye on the World Cup and wanting to be world champions, not to get to a semi-final or a final, but actually win it". That match finished 30-15 in favour of the South American side.

It's not as surprising as, I suppose, it would have been had we had a full preparation or we hadn't had late changes.

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O'Brien is definitely out of the clash with New Zealand next Saturday but Schmidt is blessed with talent in the back row. "They're a side to be reckoned with they play some great rugby". "We had to dig really deep", man-of-the-match James Ryan said in a pitchside interview.

Schmidt, whose side began the November Tests with a 54-7 thumping of Italy, said Argentina would prove challenging in many respects. I just want them to run harder so they can keep their distance. Sexton converting to put them more than a converted try ahead.

"I think he had a lot of the (coaching) attributes".

"Don't get me wrong they've talked about the All-Blacks already in November camp when they got together for the US week and they went away and those ten players stayed around that are going to be largely involved in that All-Black game".

"This team have the capability of doing that of having a day at one side and then parking that but ultimately for most of this week, I'd imagine they've only been talking about Argentina, maybe they've given an hour to the All-Blacks but I'd imagine not I'd say that's done, parked and they'll pick that up again on Monday".

The panel also spoke of next week's massive test game between Ireland and the All-Blacks in Aviva stadium.