Kidney: Ireland at 100%
Declan Kidney insists Ireland are approaching Saturday's World Cup warm-up game against Scotland as if it were a full-on Test match.
The Irish have selected a largely second string XV, especially in the pack, with only a handful of bigger names starting at Murrayfield. And while Kidney is juggling the need to test out combinations and give certain players crucial game time, he insists beating Scotland remains the priority.
"When you play a Test match there's no holding back. You either go for it or you don't," he said.
"If you operate at only 80 or 90% you actually increase your chances of picking up a knock.
"It's a Test match and that's the way we're approaching it - we want to go out there and get a win
"First and foremost every time you wear the green jersey you want to win the game.
"That's why we have a good, experienced team with just one new cap in it.
"We also want to try new combinations and from there get our base level right to see where we are come Saturday."