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14 November 2018
'He's gutted, I'm gutted for him. I think the team are'

Ireland win it 28-17!

The Six Nations champions eventually pulled away from the plucky Pumas through Luke McGrath's try and Johnny Sexton's penalty in the final 15 minutes.

Schmidt said the fact Murray hadn't been included in the matchday squad despite returning to training a while ago was not down to his injury. Mistakes went viral. Ireland pushed but the pressure was fuzzy.

"There is no compulsion for him to push himself forward and into the frame unless he is super comfortable".

"Because we've got three guys doing a good job". We're really happy with that.

Schmidt said: "It's not the injury it's really just how ready Conor is, how fully fit he is because the injury itself has gone really well".

"It has such little to do with me, I think I step back on a Thursday and from then it's really player-driven".

"It is highly unlikely he will be involved, but as I said, I will talk to him".

Hansen believes that victory, and Ireland's gradual improvement under Schmidt, has increased the stakes when the two sides meet.

"We've got a few options, and you have Tadhg Beirne, who is half a second row and half a back-row. They are competitors and if Conor Murray says he is all right to play, he is all right to play".

"It's hard for the All Blacks to be bad two games in a row", said Ledesma.

"In Pretoria, when they came from behind, (the Springboks) are on New Zealand's line, they're 12 points up with 10 minutes to go and you think 'Game over.' They turn it over, go the length of the pitch and score". I'm not saying that to cause any trouble or stir it.

"I think it demonstrates that we need to get the vehicle tuned", Schmidt said.

"The one in 2013, I am still bleeding from that".

"Sean has broken his right arm so he obviously won't be available for the rest of the Guinness Series", Schmidt confirmed.

Management will continue to monitor Rob Kearney and Gary Ringrose this week, as they step up injury recovery.

However, the preceding Test took place in Chicago, and saw Ireland record a long-overdue first ever victory over New Zealand.

"He's got a grade one AC (separated) shoulder", Hansen told reporters.

The man who led the All Blacks to successive World Cups in 2011.

The imposing inside centre was unlikely to have played against the Azzurri anyway, as Hansen had meant to give his fringe players game time on their end-of-season tour as he fine-tunes his Rugby World Cup plans.

Scrum-half Murray has not played since injuring his neck on Ireland's summer tour of Australia, but could yet face the All Blacks in Dublin on Saturday.