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Rory eyes back to Black victory

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland captain Rory Best has his sights set on another victory over New Zealand but says his side will need to produce one of their best ever displays in the Aviva Stadium tonight (5.30pm).

Joe Schmidt's men recorded an historic first win over the back-to-back World champions in Chicago two weeks ago but once is not enough for the man who wins his 99th cap today.

"This week we'll need a performance that's up there with the best we've ever produced in an Ireland shirt," Best said.

"It's about us being consistent with our performance levels. Big one-off performances and then a drop-off isn't acceptable any more with this group of players," added the Ulsterman.

"We've put the pressure on our group of players through the coaches to make sure (we know) that the preparation we did two weeks ago won't be enough.

"It's got to be more, so we put that pressure on ourselves internally and we've made sure that everything we covered two weeks ago, we've covered that and more. That's how we deal with it."

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