Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Healy targets home win

Cian Healy

Leinster prop Cian Healy insists Ireland are desperate to topple France at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, even though there is nothing riding on the game.

The 19-12 loss in Bordeaux last Saturday will be fresh in the memory when Ireland host their rivals in the second of their two meetings arranged in preparation for the World Cup.

"This is the same as any game. It doesn't matter if it's just before the World Cup or at the end of the season, you still want to win it," he said.

"You go out to win. Do we do-or-die need it? No, but every player wants to go out to win and that's a good place for Ireland to be in.

"I don't know if these losing games will affect confidence.

"I've never been in the situation of going into such a big competition, but when you're on a roll winning games you feel good.

"You go out to win in an Ireland jersey. You never go out to lose."

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