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Rory promises Best of Ireland

Rory Best has promised Ireland's greatest performance against New Zealand when the rivals collide at Aviva Stadium this evening.

Ireland have never beaten the All Blacks in 23 previous attempts and enter the match on the back of poor performances against South Africa and Samoa. But Best believes the disappointment felt this autumn has forged the will to produce something special against the Tri-Nations champions.

"New Zealand are the best team in the world. To beat the best, you have to be somewhere near your best on the day," said the Ulster hooker.

"We know that and we will be looking for big improvements. There is that desire to have a performance this autumn.

"We have a lot of belief in ourselves. We've looked long and hard at ourselves over the last two games.

"That will enable us to produce a better result than against South Africa, certainly a better result than an Irish team has ever produced against New Zealand."

Best has urged his team-mates to lift the nation by registering a famous victory at Lansdowne Road.

"I think a win would boost the country," he said. "Doing something that has never been done before would give everyone a big lift throughout the island.

"When we did the Grand Slam a couple of years ago, it was a big lift and this is an equally big challenge for us.

"The people of Ireland love to see a national team doing well, they love to get behind it. We are very hopeful we can get a result that will lift everyone."

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