26 Nov 2013

Ireland's NZ coach devastated by last-gasp loss to All Blacks

5:44 am on 26 November 2013

Ireland's rugby coach, New Zealander Joe Schmidt, admits he's devastated after the All Blacks snatched victory in the dying seconds of Monday morning's test match in Dublin.

A hugely improved performance all but earned the Irish their first win over the All Blacks, but Steve Hansen's team came from 19-0 down to score a match-winning converted try with time up on the clock, for a 24-22 victory.

Schmidt conceded they were hanging on by a thread, and to be in possession within a minute of history and concede a try was hard to swallow.

Hansen heaped praise on the Irish for what he described as a "sensational performance".