Ryan Crotty returns to starting lineup to haunt Ireland in Dublin

Ireland beat the All Blacks for the first time in 2016

Into the starting line-up comes Devin Toner in place of Iain Henderson in the second row.

Two-time Six Nations grand slam victor Kearney, one of the game's best defenders under a high ball, returns at fullback in place of 21-year-old Jordan Larmour, who drops back to the bench after struggling under a barrage of towering Argentine kicks last week.

The New Zealand team was named earlier today. Kieran Marmion has retained his spot at scrum-half with the Lions talisman Conor Murray still sidelined through neck trouble.

Last week the All Blacks laboured to a one point win over England in Twickenham which has done even more to suggest that the time is now for Ireland to step up and defeat New Zealand in Dublin. Cane's hit ended Robbie Henshaw's involvement in the game, while Fekitoa was sent to the sin-bin for his high challenge on Simon Zebo, which World Rugby subsequently ruled should have merited a red card.

The All Blacks have enjoyed an nearly unbroken reign at No. 1 since rankings began and Ireland has climbed steadily to No. 2 under Schmidt, beating the All Blacks for the first time in 115 years with a victory in Chicago in 2016.

"I think when they first turned up in 1905 they were incredibly tough to knock over and I don't think they've changed too much".

"The feedback we got was there were some that were unnecessary".

The world champion All Blacks have made just one injury-enforced change to the match-day squad to face Ireland in Saturday's one-off Test showdown in Dublin.

"But I think we are less fearful of them now I think we're confident now but yet there's still the knowledge that we have to play one of our better games, there's certain sides now that if you play a seven out of ten you'll get the job done if you play a 7/10 against the Alll blacks you won't get the job done so it's got to be one of your better games you have to stop them implementing their gameplan and having one of their 8 or 9/10 because one of their 9/10 is better than our 9/10 so stopping them and implementing our gameplan will make it close".

"I think it's just a real strength of Johnny". And that's what will make it a fairly spiky contest this weekend.

'We expect Dan (Leavy) to train fully tomorrow.

Replacements: S Cronin, J McGrath, A Porter (all Leinster), I Henderson (Ulster), J van der Flier, L McGrath (Leinster), J Carbery (Munster), J Larmour (Leinster).

'He trained very well on Tuesday, but he's had a bit of soreness.

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