The question of the border that rages in Ireland does not apply to politics but to sport, and its focus was on whether Joe Schmidt can overcome long-term borders and claim that he is the best team in the world.
Regardless of the fact that the official ranking list will have New Zealand at the top of the tree regardless of the result at the Aviva stadium. Notwithstanding that all Blacks will go to the World Cup in Rugby in Japan in 10 months as favorites, given the dominance of their performances from the previous tournament.
All this should be put on one side, only the footnotes for a great debate. This game is about cementing the list of right candidates, determining real opportunities, to see if Ireland is made of the right thing. This is an opportunity to stretch and draw a new horizon.
They have the ability. As the Grand Slam Champion of Europe and in the West of a record 10 consecutive victories at home, their letters of credit are flawless. However, they beat New Zealand only once for 113 years. The case is yet to be proven. On Sunday morning (NZ time) is the time.
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New Zealand certainly sees this in this context: the number one ranking team against number 2, the payment of dreams by heavyweight promoters, entertainment in the mainstream.
All Negroes are also aware that they are also faced with another rigid examination of their own status, as well as their endurance at the end of a year at the rugby international running track. Steve Hansen, head coach, has been here many times before and has been a witness of heightened desires that the opponents routinely manage to bring on that occasion.
"We all play our lives against us because we are the team they want to win and they rise," said Hansen. "They play 10 percent better than the start."
As the improvised English side showed last week, the opposition knows deeply that if they do not strike at their heights, they risk being tidied up. England took the initiative, but could not see it.
Regardless of the farrage of television television officials, England did not have the calmness or perfection to close the game, as all the blacks in Dublin did it five years ago, when they defeated Rajan Crotti in the match to try deep in the added time.
Having suffered at the sharp end, Ireland was fully alerted to these painful possibilities.
"You are on your fingertips all over the black Sunday," said Devin Toner under pressure, who was in charge of fixing a defective line for Ireland. "You expect more, on the edge more."
If this is true for Ireland, then it is New Zealand. We could argue that this is before each and every test match, respecting the respect for the legacy of the black jersey. But there are opponents and there are opponents. Ireland is traded on an equal footing, a force created by its own right, and one-time winners over All Blacks, winning the 40-29 in Chicago 2016. This is a competition of super-fine margins, so much so that Schmidt, who is usually such a glue for precision, stated that "any old win would take 3-0."
This is a game in which the result is the most important, and not the performance. Of course, the first will not happen without the new standards of New Zealand rarely hesitating. Schmidt will also educate his people within one inch of perfection.
Not just the entire Irish population that leans on rugby, who will study Schmidt's entry, so will the great people in the early hours of Sunday morning 12,000 miles away in New Zealand. Schmidt is favored in the eyes of many who will succeed Hansen after the next annual Rugby World Cup, although Hansen's long-time right-winger, Ian Foster, may have several things to say about.
Two locks will play their 50th test together with Ireland this weekend.
Schmidt is renowned for its slim planning. Although Hansen believes his colleague Kiwi will have a "trick or two" in his sleeve, the reality is that Ireland plays on strict patterns. As Hansen remarked, they hold the ball longer than any other team, wanting to "quench". But that does not tell the whole story. Far from that.
Ireland has a lot of opportunistic talent in its ranks, whether it's the legs of Garry Ringrose in the center or a quick threat that has been covered by Jakob Stockdale. Of course, the absence of Conor Murrai and the center Robbie Henshav is a loss, and the withdrawal of yesterday's flair Dan Leavia, to be replaced by Josh van der Flier, represents further disturbances. But Ireland has depth and seems to be equipped to play on all the blacks.
The role of toner on the line will be crucial, expanding its own people and trying to disrupt this pre-eminent duo of New Zealand Sam Vhitelock and Brodie Retallick, who together play their 50th test. Schmidt has a full faith in Toner's ability, has chosen him many times – 55 out of 60 tests – than any other player. Sunday is the time of return.
After losing in South Africa this year and escaping twice with Pip offs against Springboks and England, maybe there will be air of vulnerability for all blacks, but it is relative. Damian McKenzie is sometimes sometimes in Twickenham, but also in the world.
Ireland knows they will be under pressure, but in Andy Farrell they have a defense trainer who has tripled the victory over All Blacks (with England, Ireland and Lions) over the past six years.
New Zealand will have to be at its peak to win, Ireland likewise. It's a sum of the same.