Ireland must summon World Cup spirit

Published Tuesday, 05 June 2012
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Rob Kearney says beating New Zealand will take an Ireland performance similar to the one that saw them beat Australia at the World Cup.

Ireland must summon World Cup spirit
Rob Kearney of Ireland. (© Getty)

The team will return to Eden Park - the scene of their 15-9 win against the Wallabies last September - for Saturday's first test match of three.

Leinster full-back Kearney believes the Irish will have to muster similar spirit and determination if they are to win the encounter.

"[Saturday] is our best chance because it is our next chance," said the European Player of the Year.

"And if the first Test doesn't go our way then the one after that will be our best chance again after that."

Kearney added that he is looking forward to the weekend game in Aukland.

"It was a huge occasion for us to turn over Australia in a World Cup," he continued.

"As players, we always believe that we can match it with the best teams in the world when we turn up and we play good rugby. As a player and as a team, you have to believe that.

"There wasn't a huge element of surprise for us [afterwards] as a group of players. What's important for us is that we keep trying to reproduce that form.

"We set a bar there in that game, a standard, and it is important for us to keep matching that."

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