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Ireland must stop the rot - Trimble

Andrew Trimble has demanded Ireland "stop the rot" by crushing Samoa in Saturday's showdown at Aviva Stadium.

The Irish are seeking to avoid a seventh successive defeat, five of them Tests, when the big-hitting South Sea Islanders arrive in Dublin.

"All Test matches are important, but it's particularly important for us to stop the rot Saturday," he said.

"We need to get things right, especially in preparation for the All Blacks.

"We're looking at the All Blacks game with half a mind on what happened when we lost to them during the summer tour.

"We must get things right against Samoa. If we get a performance the result will look after itself."


From Belfast Telegraph