Ireland's Murray out of All Blacks clash

Ireland's Murray out of All Blacks clash

Ireland's Murray out of All Blacks clash

"Conor Murray is accelerating through his recovery but will not join the squad", it said.

Peerless Munster scrum-half Murray was omitted from Ireland's 42-man autumn worldwide squad due to ongoing neck problems and has not played since the summer tour to Australia.

Sexton, up for world player of the year with two All Blacks, wanted Ireland's best on the field on Saturday.

"Because, you know, the two times we have played them here - I remember the roar in 2013 was phenomenal". He's been training, and coach Joe Schmidt said on Saturday after beating Argentina that he'd let Murray decide on his availability.

"Robbie Henshaw has been a big part of the team over the last number of years; I'm sure he'll bounce back quickly but he's obviously a loss", said Sexton.

The rivalry between the sides has intensified in recent years with Schmidt's side no longer considered plucky underdogs as he has helped shape them into a northern hemisphere powerhouse in the last half a decade.

"Maybe it's the expectation we have of ourselves or that you guys have of us now that we come out and hit the ground running every time", said Schmidt.

"So we're going to have to really be on our mettle otherwise guys like Agustin Creevy and Pablo Matera will get on that ball very quickly".

"I've never played against a team that would capitalise on a look through the Rugby Championship - the amount of times you think Australia and South Africa have them under the pump and next thing they're underneath their own posts".

In fact, the Ireland out-half has played them 11 times in his career, eight for Ireland and three for the British and Irish Lions.

Although the All Blacks started poorly against England at the weekend, Sexton reckons that they will take a lot from that game due to their ability to come from 15-0 down in torrential conditions and emerge victorious, albeit by the narrowest of margins.

"Everyone seems to find another 10 percent when they play us because it is a good story if you can beat the All Blacks and everyone gets excited by that".

"Hopefully that gets you close at the end and then dog it out".

"And, while Chicago was a great band-aid, in fact it was a full bandage - it was great but two weeks later we were very, very much in the game and it was very tough - very, very tough".

"I've never played against a team that would capitalize on a mistake (so well)".

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