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Six Nations: Rory Best makes big match plea to ref for scrum protection


Rory Best
Rory Best
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland captain Rory Best has no worries about the readiness of Andrew Porter to take on Wales this afternoon but has called on referee Glen Jackson for "protection" come scrum time. Tighthead Porter will make his first Six Nations start (2.15pm kick-off) and Best admitted that the coaching staff will be reminding the officials of Ireland's desire to "scrum legally".

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"We pride ourselves on how we scrummage and how we try to be effective," he said. "But we try to scrum square and legally. And the big thing for us is that if we can stay like that and keep the weight on, if other things happen to compromise the scrum going down or the scrum wheeling, that the referee takes it into consideration.

"I know the coaches will be talking to him. And that will be our simple message before the game: that we have shown in the past that we want to scrummage straight and we do scrummage straight, and we scrum legally. All we ask is for that to be respected, and I suppose protected."

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