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'People are saying they're friendlies but there is going to be nothing friendly about them'

Published 04/08/2015 | 18:19

Rob Kearney is tackled by TobyFaletau and Dan Biggar during the 2015 Six Nations encounter
Rob Kearney is tackled by TobyFaletau and Dan Biggar during the 2015 Six Nations encounter

Ireland back row Jordi Murphy admits that the hunt for places in Schmidt's plans will guarantee intensity and suggestions that the four warm-up games beginning with Wales in Cardiff on Saturday will be 'friendly' is way off the mark.

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"It is a Test match... You're getting a cap for it at the end of the day," he continued.

"They may be warm-up games and there may be four of them but every single one of them is going to matter to the players to try and get that one foot on the plane.

"There has been that little extra intensity this week.

"No one's name is on the list already. You've got to put your hand up. The better you play or make the players around you play, it's going to be stuck in the coaches mind and come selection time... Hopefully you've done enough.

"Training has been as intense as it would be during the Six Nations.

"When you come in here you're expected to give it 100pc, it doesn't matter if it's a Monday or a Thursday just before a game.

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"We've got four big Tests against three of our biggest rivals over the next few weeks and we have to get through them first.

"People are saying they're friendlies but there is going to be nothing friendly about them when we play them."

Ireland will be returning to Cardiff for the first time since they were denied a shot at a first Grand Slam by missed chances and some questionable refereeing decisions late on.

The 24-year-old has dismissed any talk that this will be a revenge mission.

"I don't think there is any feeling of revenge. I think we let a lot of opportunities go on the day and looking back we were a bit disappointed with ourselves.

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"We're looking forward to our first game with each other for a while.

"We're going to look to be accurate. There are going to be mistakes. We're going to try to win every Test we play."

On the provincial front, Jordi Murphy wouldn't be drawn on who the next head coach at Leinster will be.

"I don't know much about it but I won't be spilling any beans even if I had them," he said.

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