Ireland second row Mike McCarthy knows that to expect from Georgia – an intensely physical effort upfront in Dublin on Sunday.
Ireland second Mike McCarthy knows that to expect from Georgia – an intensely physical effort upfront in Dublin on Sunday.
McCarthy will make a first start for Ireland since the win over Samoa last year, in a pack that contains two debutants in lock Dave Foley and flanker Dominic Ryan.
Georgia’s pack is filled with Top 14 experience, with McCarthy acknowledging that Ireland’s eight are under pressure to perform.
“We’re certainly expecting that (a forwards battle). The Georgians are big, they’re physical, they’re very strong and they are going to look to take us on up front. We are under no illusions how big a task it is going to be up front,” said McCarthy.
“The emphasis is on the whole pack. Very strong scrum, very strong maul. I keep saying it, we are under no illusions. They are going to come at us up front and it’s going to be very tough.
“It’s the same for the lads coming off the bench, whether you are starting or not, Joe wants you to fit in like a cog in a wheel.
“Obviously there have been injuries and those guys coming in have just got to fit, know their detail, where they meant to be, what they’re meant to be doing and that’s all he asks really.”
McCarthy also vowed that Ireland will not be over-confident against the Lelos despite last week’s success over South Africa.
“That is one of the things Joe has really pushed on us. He doesn’t want us to get carried away with the South Africa game,” added McCarthy.
“We reviewed the South Africa game. Big high obviously.
“The lads are delighted to get the win but we realise there is plenty to get right in our game which we need to work on going forward.”