Kearney primed for All Blacks clash

Updated: June 6, 2012

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Ireland fullback Rob Kearney believes that Ireland has what it takes to cause an upset and create history by beating New Zealand for the first time ever this weekend when the sides meet in Eden Park.

Ireland return to the ground where they defeated Australia in the Rugby World Cup last year and Kearney believes that the happy memories that Ireland have of the ground can only aid their cause this weekend.

“You’re representing your country against the All Blacks in their own back yard. I think that, as a professional player, if you can’t get yourself fired up at that thought alone then you are probably playing in the wrong game.” Kearney said.

“It was a huge occasion for us to turn over Australia in a World Cup. 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 (after beating Australia) 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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