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Kiss coy on claims that Foley will go full-time with Ireland

IRELAND'S attack coach Les Kiss has described claims that Anthony Foley will join the national coaching ticket on a full-time basis as "a little bit of speculation at this stage".

The respected Australian was comfortable enough to bring head coach Declan Kidney into the equation as he moved to quell noise about an imminent appointment.

"We've spoken about this over the last three or four months as a coaching group, particularly with Declan," said Kiss, in a radio interview.

"Anthony was brought in over the Six Nations to work with the forwards.

"I've worked with Anthony a number of times over the last few years in a defensive capacity when he was with Munster.

"He was the ideal man to come in and work with us (Ireland).

"I work also in defence with him. I do the starter and set-piece defence and he does the team defence and a lot of breakdown work so he's been a great addition to the team, that's for sure.

"Where it goes in the future I think is a little bit of speculation at this stage.

"It seems like a logical fit but I think there's a lot of things on Anthony's plate.

"If he was to become part of it I don't think anyone would be disappointed."

Edge

Before all of that, Ireland have the significant assignment of ensuring they hold onto their second seed for the Pool phase of the 2015 World Cup.

"This one certainly has an edge. We win it and we stay in the top eight.

"We started the year in sixth spot. We'll end the season in sixth spot if we win this game.

"It's a chance now for this next group of players to stand up in this cauldron and the intensity and the things that come with test rugby at this level.

"It's time to make that stand and hopefully if we get a few things right we know we can get this game and we're looking forward to it."

It is the start of a process building towards the World Cup in England in 2015, by which time Ireland could have an entirely different coaching roster if Argentina jinx the Autumn series.

That is how precarious Kidney's position is at present. Another defeat could be the tipping point for a country fast running out of patience.

"We know there's some really good things around the corner.

Urgency

"It's just about being patient, but also having a bit of urgency in our patience to make sure that we do what we need to, to get the results that we're after.

"From an Irish perspective, all the fans should be looking forward to the next two years because there's some seriously good talent there."

Away from the heat of international competition, Kiss has always talked about the possibility of taking on the role of a head coach somewhere further down the road. He did not rule out a move out west in the summer.

"Connacht would interest me, without a doubt, but I haven't put my name forward to it," he said.

"That's based on the fact that, at this stage, my whole focus is about this November series and then I'll reassess from there.

"It'll probably be something that I'd always consider if something like Connacht came up again or even any of the other provinces in Ireland. At this stage, my whole focus is November."


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