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CONFIRMED: Conor Murray ruled out of All-Blacks clash

CONFIRMED: Conor Murray ruled out of All-Blacks clash

Meanwhile, Henshaw was ruled out of last weekend's Argentina Test during the warm-up with a hamstring issue that will keep him out of the rest of the autumn.

Murray has not played this season due to a neck injury and the scrum-half will not face the world champions or the United States the following weekend.

"Robbie's been a big part of the team over the last number of years and has bounced back from a number of injuries [shoulder and knee]", Sexton said before Irish training in Dublin.

"I'm sure those guys will go a step ahead again this week". "Everyone seems to find another 10 percent when they play us because it is a good story if you can beat the All Blacks and everyone gets excited by that". "I think we won in 2013 after the bell and then in Chicago, they won, and we had to work really hard the next time".

"They are the No.2 side in the world and you don't get to play one and two that often when they are in two separate hemispheres, so when they do come about, they become pretty big games".

"Conor (Murray) is a world-class player and the guys behind him are chasing, but I think they did well at the weekend".

The All Blacks appear in better shape though they, too, lost prop Joe Moody (eye) and second-five Sonny Bill Williams (shoulder) to injury in London. "Hopefully we see him back soon".

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The All Blacks" victory over England at Twickenham means that we won't have a "winner takes all scenario' for the No. 1 spot in the world but nonetheless, these are the two best sides in the world facing off against each other and it provides an ideal litmus test of where both teams are with the World Cup less than 12 months away.

Sexton said his loss would be felt.

"We want to make the most of it and see where we are really".

"They have all been tough, close games".

"He'd be a loss for a lot of the teams in the world and he'll be a loss for us this week".

"There was probably bits in the set-piece from the forwards' point of view, bits in the backline D from our point of view, bits of not taking some opportunities we created. There were bits we didn't get flawless but to win against Argentina having had two sessions together, we'll take some positives and some good learnings".