It's personal, claims Kearney
"We know this is the game that they're targeting. The Irish is the one game they feel they can cause an upset and spoil the party, so we have to take that a little bit personally."
Kearney sat out yesterday's training at Carisbrook due to a bruised knee, as did Keith Earls (bruised leg) and Sean O'Brien (bruised arm) but all three are expected to return to training today. Tommy Bowe (calf) and Paul O'Connell (hamstring) both took part in some light training and it is hoped that they will both be able to step up their training levels at today's session.
Gordon D'Arcy took a full part in the session today without any reaction to a hamstring strain and Ireland are confident of having a full squad to choose from when they name their side on Friday.