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Rugby World Cup: Ireland must improve for tougher tests ahead: Rory Best

By Jonathan Bradley

Published 21/09/2015

We’ll improve: Rory Best
We’ll improve: Rory Best

Rory Best has called on Ireland to up their game as the World Cup progresses despite earning a convincing 50-7 win against Canada in their opening contest.

They will face Romania on Sunday at Wembley Stadium with Ulster's skipper believing that the best is still to come from Joe Schmidt's men.

While a bonus-point win on Saturday against Canada was seen as the perfect start, Ireland's pool games will become increasingly testing with each passing week as they prepare to face Romania then Italy before they return to Cardiff for a crunch fixture with France on October 11.

Best said: "It's important that we started well and laid down a marker but at the same time we're under no illusions that we have to get better every game.

"Everyone's got to be ready, whoever is named against Romania. We're very happy with the result against Canada, to get the bonus point and the win, but it was definitely a lot tougher than the scoreline suggested.

"In terms of a start, we're very happy with that. There's a few things we've been working on the last couple of weeks.

"A few of those came off, a few of them Joe will probably be a bit annoyed with, as he always is, but it's a good start we can build on."

Schmidt was pleased none of his players were injured at the weekend. Wales coach Warren Gatland could not say the same.

Wales, who lost key players including Leigh Halfpenny before the tournament, gained a bonus-point 54-9 win over Uruguay yesterday, but centre Cory Allen, scorer of a hat-trick of tries, suffered a hamstring problem that could see him miss the rest of the World Cup. Full-back Liam Williams and props Paul James and Samson Lee also picked up injuries.

Holders New Zealand survived a scare yesterday, coming from behind to beat Argentina 26-16.

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