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Ireland won't get complacent and take foot off gas against Japan, says Conan

By Brendan Fanning

In times past, the last few days of a June tour would take on a different air as the players would be seen downtown getting some shopping in: one eye on the final Test, the other on loose ends to be tied up before taking a break.

It was never a good way to prepare. It helps now that the speed bump between this Ireland squad and their holidays is not Tier 1 opposition.

And it's no harm either that Japan, with a shallow enough pool in the first place, are struggling with injuries.

Still, on what will be a humid day against a side who have had coach Jamie Joseph in their ear all week about the need to man up, now would not be the time for the tourists to go soft.

"This tour is different," Jack Conan said. "The people involved are so happy to be a part of the squad that there isn't any looking past what we're doing.

"I definitely don't think any complacency has kicked in. There is no, 'Aw, we'll get through this and be on holidays'. It's, 'I'm putting on that green jersey and I don't know when there will be a next time'.''

The message on this trip is that they have been constantly on message. From captain Rhys Ruddock through Devin Toner - winning his 50th cap - to the graduates from last year's U20 World Cup, it looks the same.

And the inclusion of John Cooney and Sean Reidy means everyone goes home with something to show for their efforts.

Garry Ringrose said it will require a big performance to keep the Japanese under the thumb.

"They'll be looking forward to this," he said. "Looking at the analysis of their players - individually how strong they are and then collectively how strong they can be - I think they'll be coming out all guns blazing."

IRELAND: A Conway; K Earls, G Ringrose, L Marshall, J Stockdale; P Jackson, K Marmion; C Healy, J Tracy, J Ryan, K Treadwell, D Toner, R Ruddock (capt), J van der Flier,J Conan.

Replacements: N Scannell, D Kilcoyne, A Porter, J Ryan, S Reidy; J Cooney, R Scannell, T O'Halloran.

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