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Best wants to improve home record

Rory Best admits Ireland's record at the Aviva Stadium is unacceptable as they seek to avoid a fourth successive defeat on home soil.

Wooden spoon favourites Italy visit Dublin armed with the belief they can secure a first victory over the Irish in the RBS 6 Nations. Strengthening their resolve is the knowledge Ireland have won just three times in nine matches since relocating to their rebuilt home at Lansdowne Road in November 2010.

Best has added his voice to the growing chorus of players determined to transform the Aviva Stadium into a fortress, and said: "We're not happy with our home record and it's something we've talked about. You could argue the toss and say we've been unlucky in a few games, but the bottom line is it's three from nine."

He added: "Given the players we have and the way we feel about the stadium, that's not good enough and we know that.

"It's something we want to address, but we can only do that one game at a time.

"Hopefully as time goes by we'll rectify that record and it will start to look a lot more favourable.

"The stadium and the set-up are magnificent and everyone loves playing there.

"But for whatever reason we've lost out in some of the tight games, such as against Wales three weeks ago."


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