Ireland could well meet New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Andy Farrell's men are in Pool B with South Africa, Scotland, a European and a Asia / Pacific qualifier.
The top two will likely meet either hosts France or New Zealand, who are the heavy hitters in Pool A.
An Ireland-New Zealand pairing was also on the cards prior to the last World Cup when the pool permutations set Joe Schmidt’s side on course to meet either the All Blacks or South Africa.
Finishing second to Japan saw Ireland stumble into a knock-out game against the three-time world champions; they were duly hammered 46-14.
The difference in this current cycle, however, is that Ireland will be able to follow up Saturday's stunning win over New Zealand with three more full-blooded Tests before any possible clash in France in two years’ time.
As it stands, Ireland will play Ian Foster's side in Eden Park, Auckland on 2 and 16 July, either side of a 9 July clash in Wellington Stadium.
The tour will come 10 years since Ireland’s last visit to the land of the long white cloud, with that series, under Declan Kidney, resulting in a 3-0 whitewash.
"The more we’re going to play these guys the better we’re going to get," Farrell said after the superb 29-20 win at the Aviva.
"It’ll be a tough tour, I’ve no doubt they’ll come firing back at us in the first Test.
"But it’s about us finding out about ourselves. It’s the place that we want to be."
Saturday’s success was the third time Ireland had beaten the All Blacks and Farrell is fully aware of their reaction to previous defeats.
A wounded beast turned up at the Aviva following the win in Chicago in 2016 and overstepped the line on numerous occasions while handing out a 21-9 defeat.
And the Kiwis were ruthless from the start of the Tokyo meeting in 2019.
Asked if Ireland had once again poked the bear, Farrell said: "We definitely have, no doubt about it.
"History shows, the next time you play against the All Blacks that’s the most difficult.
"That’s part of our journey, it’s a great one and we want to test ourselves against the best.
"50,000 people being behind us here, getting the victory against them is all well and good but we know it’s going to be harder down the track."
While there’s a Test against Argentina and a full Six Nations campaign to negotiate first it’s certainly something high on Farrell’s radar in the bid to end their World Cup hoodoo.
Foster, meanwhile, didn’t have it quite so high on his list of priorities.
"I would need binoculars to see that one. We would be pretty keen, but it is a long way away," he said.
While Foster said it was the "best performance" he had come across from an Irish side, he felt that Akira Ioane’s late try should not have been disallowed for a forward pass and felt some frustration at perceived slowing tactics.
"I thought Akira’s was a great try but the TMO didn’t and that’s probably the story of the game," he said.
"The game is supposed to be played fast.
"There are times if someone is injured they get treatment and a certain window of time to fix it and if that time passes they go to the sideline.
"It’s hard for refs to speed the game.
"Look, this is not a biggie for me but it was clearly a tactic and good on them for doing it because there was a lot of them going down with cramp.
"I don’t begrudge that but we got to make sure we keep the game ticking over."
Ireland will issue a squad update at lunchtime today, while Farrell is expected to freshen up his starting team to face Argentina on Sunday (2.15pm, live on RTÉ).
Joey Carbery would expect to start, while Jacob Stockdale, Jordan Larmour and Simon Zebo have not been involved in a match-day squad in the Autumn Nations series so far.
"We’ll see, like I said at the start of the campaign there might be a balancing act when it comes to peoples’ tanks, with injuries etc.," said Farrell, whose side are on a seven-game winning run.
"So, we’ll dust ourselves down. It’s an eight-day turnaround, we’ll turn up on Monday evening and see where the land lines."
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