"Hopefully I get to play but we'll wait and see".
Three years later Schmidt's men finally nailed the elusive first ever victory over the All Blacks when they stunned them 40-29 in Chicago, though couldn't back it up as they were rolled 21-9 in Dublin a fortnight later.
"I think it demonstrates that we need to get the auto tuned", Schmidt said.
"He's been away for a while, but there's no doubt amongst the people who understand rugby that he has a very good way of looking at the game". He's got a big target in a year's time [the World Cup] that he wants to get to. 80,000 people in the stadium and I think England had been beaten once at home in the last 16 or 17 games. "It hurts when it happens and while Chicago was a great band aid - in fact it was a full bandage - two weeks later we were very, very much in the game and it was very tough", he said. I think the more time you spend in the environment here the more comfortable you get and the better you get.
"They lap it up when things become unstructured".
Hansen needs to squeeze one last big effort out of key players such as Sam Whitelock, Kieran Read, Owen Franks and Karl Tu'inukuafe and then he can let them have the summer off.
"There's a pretty good chance he'll (Williams) be right for Italy so he'll stay", Hansen said.More news: Melania Trump calls for firing of national security aide
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The All Blacks live in a permanent world of pressure and often for them a test against Namibia is hard to differentiate from a World Cup knockout game or clash with the number two team in the world.
Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw will also miss the Tests with New Zealand and the United States after suffering a hamstring strain while warming-up shortly before kick-off against the Pumas last Saturday.
Sexton has two wins and a draw in 11 matches against the All Blacks for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions and has a healthy respect for the challenge they pose. Tactically they're smart, they're good in the air.
"I can't tell you what it is because I've got lots on my plate right now", he said.
The two teams, ranked first and second respectively, will clash for the first time since 2016 when they played each other in a doubleheader. "We know we are going to have to be a lot better".
"As physical as it was tonight - it was a step up the last time they were in town so the challenge for our guys is to step up and I'm confident they can and at the same time I'm well aware of what challenges the All Blacks present", he added.