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Ireland must be even better than 2018, says Rory Best

 

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Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Ireland must turn the page if they are to enjoy World Cup success, believes the side's skipper Rory Best.

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For many, how Joe Schmidt's side perform at the competition, starting next month in Japan, hinges on whether they turn up as the side we've seen in the last six months or the one from a year prior.

Defeats to England, who they face in Twickenham today (3pm kick-off), and Wales have dented the wider confidence but Best is sure the group can recapture their mojo in the Far East. The retiring skipper has warned, however, that they need to be even better than the side who captured a Grand Slam and beat the All Blacks last year.

"It feels like the start of the 2019/20 season," the Ulsterman said, putting last season's Six Nations in the rear-view mirror. "We can't keep going 'we need to be like 2018'. We need to be better.

"We tried to be better in the Six Nations. We got a lot of things wrong along the way but we've got to make sure we're better than we were then. That's ultimately always the goal, to try to be better."

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