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Friday 6 December 2019

Ross adamant there will be no repeat of Hamilton horror show

Ross has been restored to the No 3 jersey. Photo:Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ross has been restored to the No 3 jersey. Photo:Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

A veteran of Ireland's 60-0 defeat to New Zealand on their final game of the season four years ago, Mike Ross has warned his team of the perils of not showing up against the Springboks for their series decider in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Joe Schmidt's side are playing their 17th Test of this World Cup season, but Ross (above) says there are no signs of a repeat performance from the demolition in Hamilton.

"The last time I was on a three-Test tour was in New Zealand and that didn't end so well, so there's a lot of motivation to make sure that doesn't happen," said the tighthead, who has been recalled to the team after missing last week's defeat in Johannesburg.

"We're just going to empty the tanks; just go as hard as we can. Hopefully there will be a little history there for us. It's a huge carrot for us."

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