Fitzgerald remains confident

2009 Lion Luke Fitzgerald insists Ireland are confident ahead of taking on New Zealand on Saturday. [more]

Fitzgerald remains confident

2009 Lion Luke Fitzgerald insists Ireland are confident ahead of taking on New Zealand on Saturday.

The All Blacks are the only side Ireland have never beaten but they will be targetting a landmark victory when the Kiwis visit the Aviva Stadium on Saturday
To date in the Autumn Series Ireland went down to a narrow 23-21 defeat to the Lions' last opponents, South Africa. They then recorded a unconvincing 20-10 victory over Samoa.

But Fitzgerald insists Ireland are still confident ahead of taking on the Tri-Nations champions.

"I think everyone is confident and I'm confident that whatever team takes the field on Saturday will be able to do a good job for us," said Fitzgerald.

"Personally I feel very confident. Within the squad I don't think there is any sign of anyone lacking in confidence.

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"I think everyone is very confident. Maybe the spectacle hasn't been there in some of the games, but I don't think either team have played well in the two games. We know there are areas where we need to improve but I think we are going in the right direction.

"I don't want to give an excuse for it but I think the conditions don't really suit that expansive rugby. Everyone is itching to get their hands on the ball constantly. I think it's just a matter of doing it at the right times.

"I've only ever played New Zealand once. I'm not bringing too much baggage myself, I don't really think about the record that much. I don't think it will have much of an effect on the team."
 

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