Ireland have beaten the All Blacks

Jacob Stockdale runs with the ball against New Zealand

"All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said that the victor of this game could justifiably claim to the world's best team and, while they remain No 2 on the rankings, Joe Schmidt's Ireland are top of the world", Ruaidhri O'Connor wrote for the Irish Independent.

Schmidt masterminded Ireland's 16-9 win over New Zealand in Dublin on Saturday, to back up the 40-29 triumph in Chicago in 2016.

The result will give Ireland enormous confidence leading into next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

"They're going to make more players now and more money".

Simon Lewis of the Irish Examiner said the phenomenal atmosphere inside the Aviva Stadium contributed to Ireland's success from the start.

Now Hansen has heaped the pressure on Ireland and their head coach Schmidt to handle their new-found status as top dogs.

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the victor of the test played on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) at Aviva Stadium could make that claim and Ireland toppling the world champion New Zealand side is huge in boosting their confidence ahead of next year's World Cup in Japan.

"They lost to Ireland and they almost lost to England last week".

Hansen insisted before the clash that the winners would earn the right to call themselves the best in the world, regardless of the rankings.

"What it does do, I think, and I said this at the beginning of the week, you had the two best sides in the world playing each other, so, as of now, they're the number one team in the world".

New Zealand, who had not suffered defeat in Europe since 2012, dug deep in an attempt to engineer a way back into the contest but found Ireland in no mood to surrender their hard-earned lead. Both teams last night defended for long periods and defended really well, and their scrum was good.

"They have become a team that believes in themselves and prides themselves on what they do. But it's their turn (as the world's best) at the moment so we'll see how they cope with that".

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