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Why Ireland squad have 'so much faith' in Rory Best as captain, explains Conor Murray


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By Ruahdri O'Connor

Conor Murray has insisted that the Ireland squad remain fully behind their captain Rory Best, who is under an increasing amount of pressure after another poor outing last weekend.

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Earlier this week, Joe Schmidt admitted that no roles have yet been finalised for the World Cup, including who will lead the country in Japan.

Best is expected to the pressed into action from the bench against Wales on Saturday, with Peter O'Mahony in line to skipper a much changed team.

It remains unlikely that Best, who just turned 37, will be stripped of the captaincy, and Murray made it clear that the hooker still has the full backing of his team-mates.

"Rory is a guy who is an incredibly strong character," Murray said. "He's leading this week incredibly strongly. He's obviously at the forefront of this as our captain and wants to put it right, he's leading us into this game.

"He's mature enough, experienced enough, to deal with that himself, but he's also trying to drag everyone else out of this hole as well.

"That's why there's so much faith in him as a captain because it's not always going to be rosy.

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"Rory has been through things like this before and it's only about what's happening inside our four walls in camp and how we're going to deal with it.

"There's going to be times when performances aren't going quite to plan and you've still got to lead. That's why he's there and that's why he's the man for the job.

"Rory will come out and perform, like he always does. He always bounces back."

Possible Ireland team: W Addison; A Conway, C Farrell, B Aki, J Stockdale; J Carty, K Marmion; D Kilcoyne, N Scannell, John Ryan; I Henderson, James Ryan; T Beirne, P O'Mahony, J Conan.

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