Ireland may be heartbroken at going down in such a cruel way, but they can be proud of their performance in Dublin on Sunday.
The All Blacks clinched a dramatic 24-22 victory over Ireland in Dublin to record the first perfect season in the professional era.
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw believes that his side will have to battle all the way against Ireland to make it a perfect year.
Prolific wing Julian Savea is in doubt for the All Blacks' Test against Ireland after twisting his knee awkwardly at training.
Ireland's New Zealand coach Joe Schmidt said he would have no mixed feelings when his national anthem rings out at Lansdowne Road on Sunday.
New Zealand head into their 14th and final Test of the year with the very real threat of fatigue setting in.
Brian O'Driscoll, Johnny Sexton and Rob Kearney have been named in the Ireland team to play New Zealand in their country's final year-end Test, in Dublin on Sunday.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has overhauled his starting line-up to ensure fresh legs as the world champion All Blacks.
The All Blacks will be out to make it the first perfect seaason in professional rugby when they face Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.
Brian O'Driscoll will need no reminding this week that his record as an Ireland player against New Zealand reads: played 12 and lost 12.
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