New Zealand flanker Matt Todd ruled out of semi-final against England

Tuesday, 22 Oct, 2019

Ireland's Rugby World Cup campaign is over following a demoralising 46-14 defeat to New Zealand in Tokyo.

Although England has not beaten the All Blacks under Jones' leadership, he does have the experience of breaking the Kiwi hearts at this stage after masterminding Australia's win over the All Blacks in 2003.

The stats told the tale of the half.

It was an eventful night for the Canterbury openside who came into the contest in the 57th minute and got through plenty of work before being sin-binned late in the piece in a defensive play that conceded a yellow card.

There is no doubt about how much he is valued by his teammates - Cane was effusive in his praise - and he will bring a hard but creative edge against what is probably the second-best team at this World Cup behind the All Blacks. We're playing well ourselves and we just have to make sure as a coaching group and management group where the players can express themselves on Saturday.

The Ireland captain then paid his respects to a clinical New Zealand outfit who had Ireland on the back foot from minute one.

The All Blacks will face England at 8pm this Saturday in the first semi-final while Wales will take on South Africa at 9pm this Sunday in the second semi-final.

"Schmidt will have to go into retirement", Knowler says, "wondering if there was anything he could have done to avoid this embarrassment", before adding that "Ireland never looked like winning this".

"And in that scenario there's two types of teams, the team that goes into its shell and doesn't really play at all and the team that really expresses itself".

"I've never seen the 1995 one but I'll be doing everything in my power to come out on top", Retallick deadpanned.

Some players will have to wait 4 years before they get to right these wrongs, something that is gut wrenching to even think about.

"It's getting an understanding of it all".

"But our boys looked really good, they looked like they played open and free".

"It's a hard time for them, but I'm sure when the reflect they will do so with time".

About 26 million people tuned in to watch the opener against Russian Federation - which was then the most watched rugby match ever in Japan - and each contest has seen more people tune in on television to catch the action.

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.

Mealamu in fact insisted Schmidt will still be on the All Blacks' radar as a future coaching option.

The players will know that they left another World Cup get the better of them but the most disappointing thing this time round is that we felt we were closer than what we were.

"We've been a little bit flat all season", conceded Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, who is stepping down from the role. Because there are so many other things that you need to achieve in between.

The England coach labelled the All Blacks as the greatest team in sporting history. Warren Gatland is coming back as well, and when you look at them as coaches, what they've been able to do with other teams has been unbelievable.

New Zealand were simply too good for Ireland with Joe Schmidt's side punished time and time again during an error-strew display that featured no fewer than seven tries for the reigning champions. Ireland had won two of those three tests, including one last November, and was ranked No. 1 heading into the tournament.