All Blacks committed to plan - Read

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Lynn McConnell     19 Nov 2016     Getty Images

Captain Kieran Read said the response of the side to the loss had been seen in Italy and that had continued during the week of preparation in Dublin.

"We know what it means to lose and how much it hurts the pride of yourself and the group but it's great to recalibrate what we want to achieve as a group and a loss can certainly magnify that.

"You never want to go through a loss to ensure you get those lessons but we have and I have been really pleased with the way the guys have responded so far," he said.

"We'll find out tomorrow how much we've got from them."

Read said the game was probably his toughest test as captain and the loss in Chicago two weeks ago had magnified the return match.

The All Blacks knew what a challenge it was. They couldn't suddenly change all that they had done this year. They had a good recipe and they felt they had prepared well and were excited about the game.

It was the first time he had come off a loss as leader and he was looking forward to the task ahead, it was why he played the game.

"It doesn't get any easier, it's probably harder than Chicago playing at Aviva.

"It's about the guys staying calm enough to process decisions. Our group is well versed to applying pressure to opposition teams and when the pressure is exerted on ourselves you've just got to be able to react positively to that and ensuring the guys are as calm and clear as possible," he said.

Read said there had not been a feeling of invincibility in the side ahead of the Chicago game. Streaks got broken whether for mental or physical reasons when something got in the way.

The All Blacks were a young team and had plenty to offer based on what they had done in 2016 and they were focused on Dublin and expecting a tough game.

In time the effort in Dublin could be looked back upon as a defining moment, in terms of the side's response and he was embracing the challenge. He had always enjoyed coming over to Dublin to play and had never had an easy game in Ireland.

Read didn't feel there was any increased pressure on the All Blacks from back in New Zealand after the loss in Chicago because there was always pressure on them to win.

The return of Ireland flanker Sean O'Brien would bolster the home team, he was good in the loose, had a lot of experience and was a good pilferer of the ball. It would be up to the All Blacks to focus on their work as ball carriers.