‘They’re going to have a lot of changes’ – Cronin

Date published: November 14 2016

Ireland flanker Sean Cronin says playing New Zealand again will be a different Test to their previous one in Chicago.

Ireland pulled off a stunning 40-29 victory over the All Blacks in the United States two weeks ago but Cronin believes they will take on a very different team in Dublin.

“They’re going to have a lot of changes, they’ve got world-class players in Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock to come back into the second row, possibly moving Jerome Kaino to the back row where he’s been fantastic for years,” Cronin told BBC Sport.

“It’s a different team coming to the Aviva, so that’s an area the coaches will have to look at for the selection they make too.

“It’s got to be a different mentality, depending on their selection.

“As long as we get the attitude right, the physicality and the mentality, we know we can match anyone.”