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Rory Best says England loss can fire Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid

Rory Best hopes that the”kick in the teeth” of Ireland’s list defeat to England can jumpstart their World Cup drive.
Ireland are currently settling in their surroundings before their Pool A opener against Scotland.
Joe Schmidt’s men were thumped 57-15 by England at Twickenham last month but’ve shrugged off that record reduction by beating Wales two to climb to the top of the world ranks.
Test captain Best has surrendered Ireland allow this year’s Six Nations pass by, as their Grand Slam defence ended at a mediocre finish.
Ireland looked far sharper and more competitive in the 19-10 win over Wales in Dublin that shut their warm-up effort, into the groove straight back with essential men Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton – however Greatest has demanded wide-ranging and speedy improvement.
“Sometimes you require a moment in which you need to reflect, and we probably allow the Six Nations drift by, subconsciously, I think,” said Best.
“We’d talked about needing to do so and to do this but sometimes you will need a proper kick in the teeth say’whatever we believe will occur won’t only do this since we assume we are a fantastic team, we need to only get back to and actually re-establish our principles’.
“And it is about really living them, not only speaking about them.
“We made some improvement from the matches against Wales, but we are under no illusions we have still got a great deal of work to do.
“We can start focusing on Scotland now and that’s very exciting for everybody.”
Ireland humbling in the hands of a rampant England sparked concern about the odds of boss Joe Schmidt’s side registering their World Cup reunite in Japan.
Best’s squad would be and that 2018 Six Nations Grand Slam and the 2018 two wins over New Zealand of the nation have shipped expectations soaring.
Greatest has confessed Ireland were going to come then hiding under fire and was calm enough to stave off criticism of his captaincy.
“Because we didn’t perform anywhere close against England you can argue that we caused it to ourselves,” said Best.
“If you set a high bar and then don’t reach it draws a bit of heat and focus onto you.
“As a squad we’d said’we’ll get it directly at the World Cup’.
“When you say that and then you’re patchy enough from Italy – good at times but patchy overall – and then go and play that against England, you’re going to draw attention.
“You’re never as good as people say you are, however, the good thing isthat you are never as bad either. You’ll always sit somewhere in the middle.
“So we did not get overly carried away following the England match, and we will never get too carried away today.”
Fraser Brown does not believe a triumph for the guys of Gregor Townsend would count as an early World Cup jolt although ireland have won six of their past meetings against Scotland.
“It will not be a surprise [when we win],” explained the Scotland hooker.
“The last few years, Scotland-Ireland games have been very physical, very intense.
“The set-piece battle will probably be huge, which will the struggle of their defences. Ireland will hold onto the ball for extended stretches of time consequently slowing down them in the breakdown and receiving our defence will be key.
“But we’re a fantastic enough team to compete with them win.”

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