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Rory Best's eyes fixed on World Cup bid


Final call: Rory Best leads the Captain’s Run at the Aviva yesterday
Final call: Rory Best leads the Captain’s Run at the Aviva yesterday
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Retiring captain Rory Best will be looking to keep his emotions in check ahead of his final game on Irish soil as he aims to help Joe Schmidt's men set sail for Japan on a winning note.

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After such a stellar contribution to Irish rugby, the 119-times capped hooker, as well as Schmidt, will be given a fond farewell when the side take on Wales this afternoon (2pm kick-off) in their final tune-up but Best's focus is squarely on the World Cup opener against Scotland in two weeks' time.

"I haven't given it much thought, or allowed myself to give it much thought, because this is about performing and a bigger picture," said Best of a last game at a ground where he first represented Ireland in 2005. "We took a bit of a step forward last week to where we want to get to. We're nowhere near where we feel we can be and this is about taking another step forward with ultimately the big goal being September 22 onwards."

Ireland will go top of the World Rankings with a win of any kind, while Wales would require a victory of 15 points.

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