Best on Irish win: ‘We had to attack the All Blacks’

Date published: November 6 2016

Ireland captain Rory Best said that he “couldn’t be prouder” of his side after they made history by defeating New Zealand for the first time.

The Ulster hooker highlighted how Ireland had focused on setting out to take the game to the All Blacks from the first whistle, as they ended an 111-year wait to defeat the reigning world champions for the first time.

“We just talked about attacking New Zealand,” Best told local broadcasters after the game.

“They’re a great side, and you can see how great a side they are by how much it matters to our boys to have won that.

“But we just knew we had to go out and attack them, if you give them ball and stand off them, they are an unbelievably dangerous outfit.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the work we put in. It hasn’t just been the last week, or the last couple of weeks, but a long time coming. It’s been a long time and it is history made and we are absolutely ecstatic with a marvellous performance by us.

Best also paid tribute to the crowd at a sold-out Soldier Field in Chicago, with Ireland making history in the same week as the Chicago Cubs baseball side ended their 108-year wait for a World Series title.

“I have to say a massive thank you to the support, it has been unbelievable,” he added.

“The atmosphere here… it felt like a home game to us and I suppose we are going to have to dye the river green now for this one.”