Saturday 22 September 2018

Murphy promises Irish to 'come out fighting'

Richie Murphy
Richie Murphy

Assistant coach Richie Murphy has backed Ireland to "come out fighting" against France, writes Des Berry.

"What tends to happen when we're backed into a corner is that we come out fighting. And we're in a corner now," he said.

"We've got three games to go and if we want to win the Six Nations we have to win all three games."

The skills and kicking coach declared Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray and Rob Kearney fit for selection after coming through yesterday's pivotal session. Murphy was guarded when it came to any possible late hits which the French allegedly employed to unsettle Ireland in recent clashes.

"It's very hard for us to say what exactly will happen in the game," he said.

"We don't know what attitude the French will come with. But, they'll be big, physical and we'll be ready for that.

"How will we deal with it? We'll try and deal with it our own way, play our own game and be very, very accurate in everything we can do."

The ramifications from what happened against Scotland are still in their minds.

"We're fully focused on getting our bits and pieces right and making sure that we're ready to start from the start."    

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