Gary Ringrose says Ireland's win over All Blacks counts for nothing unless they kick on

Gary Ringrose says Ireland's win over All Blacks counts for nothing unless they kick on

Gary Ringrose says that due to previous historical events in Irish rugby, the team cannot "hang a hat" over the 29-20 win over New Zealand.

The Irish produced one of their most memorable display in their history last Saturday and will look to follow it up with a test against Argentina on Sunday.

Ireland have beaten New Zealand before like in 2016 and 2018, but failed to follow up on the successes when it mattered in World Cups. Ireland were battered 46-14 in the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

CHOFU, JAPAN - OCTOBER 19: Sevu Reece of New Zealand is tackled by Jordan Larmour, Gary Ringrose (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Ringrose, the Leinster centre played in the three meetings against the Kiwis and says that Ireland need to push on now as wins count for nothing unless you back it up.

“We’ve had to turn the page pretty quickly, enjoy those moments after the game, but it’s getting ourselves mentally and physically right for the challenges this week,” said Ringrose.

“It’s good on the belief front but there’s more than just that – it’s how hard we prepare and how much more we can improve that’s important.

“I was lucky enough to be involved in 2018 when we beat New Zealand and then was involved in the quarter-final in Japan and what happened there. I’m not going to hang a hat on one result. I will stick to the process.”

Argentina head to Dublin having ended a seven-match losing run by beating Italy 37-19 in Treviso last weekend.

Los Pumas have won just three of 11 Tests in 2021, one of their wins was a shock 25-15 win over the All Blacks a year ago.

Ringrose, may win his 37th international cap, has warned against resting on their laurels.

“They themselves not too long ago turned over New Zealand so to underestimate the quality and strength they have – despite some of their recent results – would be detrimental to us,” said the 26-year-old.

“We immediately spoke about that and are aware of the standard of performance we’ll have to get to to try and get a good result. No doubt they will be eyeing us up and saying the same thing.”

Ireland, who have won seven successive matches, will be forced into at least two changes to their starting XV due to injuries to half-back pairing Johnny Sexton and Jamison Gibson-Park.