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O達rien gearing up for intense warm up games

O達rien gearing up for intense warm up games

Sean O達rien knows just how important Ireland痴 warm-up games will be for their World Cup hopes and the flanker insists they will be friendlies in name only.

In seven World Cup campaigns, Ireland have exited the competition at the quarter-final stage six times, the one blip coming in 2007 when they failed to escape their pool.

And while this form shows some consistency, it does little to placate the desires of a rugby mad nation.

Ireland痴 path to the 2015 World Cup is already mapped out with two games against Wales as well as clashes with Scotland and England pencilled in before they begin their campaign for real against Canada on September 19 at the Millennium Stadium.

And O達rien who features in Ireland痴 2011 World Cup campaign knows just how important these pre-cursors will be ahead of the action kicking off for real.

的t痴 kind of a bit nervous because you know you池e going into such a big occasion and it痴 such an exciting time for us as players, said O達rien. 的 think it痴 perfect playing four warm-ups because we致e such a big squad as well. You can rotate players, you might play two each - I知 not sure what his [head coach Joe Schmidt痴] thinking behind that is but certainly with our squad he痴 definitely going to try players and make sure we池e match fit going into the tournament. There痴 no friendly games in international rugby.

的t痴 going to be a massive game over there two against England, one against Wales and one against Scotland, four great Tests before the tournament and that will show us where we are as group.

的知 looking forward to a good pre-season this year, I haven稚 had one for three years, said O達rien. 撤re- seasons are massive, they stop you getting injured for the rest of the year. It痴 the first year I知 fresh and ready to go. It痴 a big seven or eight weeks to rock into games, hopefully, and hit the ground running.

Flanker O達rien can稚 wait to get Ireland痴 warm up games underway.

Sean O Brien was speaking at the launch of the IRFU Canterbury RWC Jersey. Life Style Sports is supporting the supporters ahead of the RWC by reducing prices from the RRP. Click here to pre- order Ireland痴 brand new Home & Alternative Pro Jersey from 69 and the Home & Alternative RWC Pro Jersey from 80.Back to Blog

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