DUBLIN – Ireland fullback Rob Kearney admits to some “nerves and frustration” ahead of their home Six Nations clash against France on Saturday, with the defending champions yet to hit top gear in this year’s competition.
Ireland, so dominant on their way to the Grand Slam last year and in beating New Zealand in the November Internationals, lost their tournament opener to England and have been less than convincing in wins over Scotland and Italy since.
It led to an on-field outburst from flyhalf Johnny Sexton towards the end of the Italy clash, but Kearney played down suggestions that morale in the side was low.
“That’s Johnny, isn’t it? We’re a little bit used to it,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “We all get frustrated, and we all show our frustration in different ways. I’ve played with Johnny for 15 odd years, so I’m the wrong person to ask.
“Johnny understands the game very well, and is very clear in how he wants to play it. That’s his way of communicating it.”