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Rory Best warning to Scots: pressure on but Ireland will come out fighting

Bonding exercise: Rory Best (centre) and his Ulster and Ireland team-mate Jacob Stockdale (right) in a team huddle during yesterday’s captain’s run at Murrayfield
Bonding exercise: Rory Best (centre) and his Ulster and Ireland team-mate Jacob Stockdale (right) in a team huddle during yesterday’s captain’s run at Murrayfield
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Rory Best has vowed Ireland will come out fighting in today's Six Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield (2.15pm), determined to atone for last weekend's comprehensive defeat by England in Dublin that ended hopes of Grand Slam repeat at the outset.

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"Yes, there's a bit of pressure on," admitted skipper Best. "Everyone's probably waiting a little bit with bated breath to see what comes out.

"Ultimately we have to bring more of an edge than we did last week. A little bit of physicality was missing."

Sean O'Brien, who is set to join Declan Kidney and Les Kiss at London Irish after the World Cup, sat out yesterday's captain's run but the IRFU said the flanker was still set to play. Rhys Ruddock has travelled to Edinburgh as one of Ireland's extra players.

Devin Toner's Six Nations are over, however, the Leinster lock having undergone ankle surgery that will rule him out of the remainder of the campaign as well as his side's Champions Cup quarter-final with Ulster.

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