Departing duo Joe Schmidt and Rory Best did a "wonderful job" for Ireland, according to New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen.
Ireland have struggled to hit the same heights in 2019 after their success last year, admitted outgoing head coach Joe Schmidt.
Ireland will not have Bundee Aki available for the rest of the Rugby World Cup after he was banned for three weeks.
Joe Schmidt is not optimistic Bundee Aki will avoid a ban but Samoa coach Steve Jackson wants a judiciary to "see some sense".
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said it was "hard to argue" with Bundee Aki's red card but was keen to see the incident again.
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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has made 11 changes to his side for Saturday's crunch Pool A clash with Samoa in the Rugby World Cup.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says Johnny Sexton will be fit to face Samoa despite playing just one half of the win against Russia.
Only four players remain from Ireland's stunning defeat to Japan, as Johnny Sexton captains his country for the first time against Russia.
Ireland were beaten by Japan without Jack Conan and will now be without the back row for the remainder of the Rugby World Cup.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has made four changes for the Pool A clash against hosts Japan, with Jack Carty starting at fly-half.
Ireland downed Scotland in their Rugby World Cup opener and should have Johnny Sexton available for next weekend's second Pool A game.
Johnny Sexton and Rory Best led the way as Ireland's thumping win over Scotland affirmed their credentials as Rugby World Cup challengers.
The enthusiasm of Jordan Larmour, Andrew Conway and Jacob Stockdale can spur Ireland on against Scotland, according to Joe Schmidt.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his squad for the Rugby World Cup, with experienced second row Devin Toner surprisingly missing out.
Jarrod Evans and Rhys Patchell will each get a chance to earn a fly-half berth in Wales' Rugby World Cup squad against Ireland.