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All Blacks full of praise for Ireland's departing Schmidt, Best

Hansen said he had already heard from his friend and colleague in the wake of the All Blacks' 46-14 victory over Ireland in their quarterfinal in Tokyo, just hours after Jones' England had thumped Australia 40-16 down south in Oita to set up the seismic semifinal.

It is the Wallabies' equal lowest ranking since World Rugby's ratings system was introduced in 2003.

Few teams have been able to thwart the All Blacks in recent years quite like Ireland, winning two of their previous three encounters. "We had the lead and obviously Australia were throwing everything at us", said Farrell. You spend a lot of time in the same mental space. It's the game that's more important than all the coaches and players.

Whether deployed at fly-half or full-back, Beauden Barrett is a sensation.

"It was interesting how many Ireland had, half of our team had played in a knockout match and won it".

"That is as good as I've seen New Zealand play since the last World Cup".

"It's been an emotional week for my family", Beauden said, tearing up, as he collected his man-of-the-match award. "We're thinking of you up there, we love you Grandad Ted".

To have any chance of beating the All Blacks, Ireland needed to keep mistakes to a bare minimum but instead the team was making far too many; missed tackles and handling errors inside the opening period were handing New Zealand the initiative.

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A vintage display from Barrett was complemented by the tempo-setting half-back pairing of Richie Mo'unga and Aaron Smith, with the scrum-half diving over for two first-half tries.

Savea's team-high 14 tackles helped contribute to New Zealand's total of 130, compared to Ireland's 108, while the All Blacks also won nearly twice as many turnovers. They've got a harder edge about them.

"Back to the drawing board I guess on Monday".

He was joined in the New Zealand pack by the returning Brodie Retallick, who only played 30 minutes in the pool stage but has 78 caps in the bank and is a former World Rugby Player of the Year. He's had the disappointment of losing to England (in 2003) when he was coaching Australia.

It was England's seventh successive victory over their old rivals and made it three out of three in World Cup quarter-finals following their upset wins of 1995 and 2007.

England have faced their Kiwi counterparts three times in total in the competition, and lost each time.

They will now play either New Zealand or Ireland, who meet in Tokyo later on Saturday, in next weekend's semi-finals.

"Both of them have been instrumental in changing Ireland into a team that earlier in the year were No. 1 in the world, so big congratulations to them", Hansen said at Tokyo Stadium (Ajinomoto Stadium) after his side set up a mouth-watering semifinal clash with England.



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