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Kiss sings McFadden's praises

16th June 2013 14:02

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Les Kiss: Proud of Ireland's effort

Ireland caretaker coach Les Kiss hailed right wing Fergus McFadden's performance in his side's 40-14 victory over Canada in Toronto.

McFadden played a part in setting up Andrew Trimble for the opening try before scoring three of his side's six tries.

"Fergus is just one of those players you want to have around your team," said Kiss, who will now hand over the reins to incoming coach Joe Schmidt.

"He is such a great character. What he brings to a team in terms of energy and enthusiasm is sensational.

"If he doesn't get selected he is still the same person. He has an uncanny ability to score tries at international level.

"Last week he shipped an injury in the game and he toughed his way through it.

"He trained through a bit of injury this week and got a knock in the game again but just keeps powering on. I can't speak highly enough about him and the way he played."

Kiss reflected with pride on Ireland's tour which included a narrow victory over the United States in Houston last weekend and which saw six players making their Test debuts, including try scorer Tommy O'Donnell.

"Without a doubt we found out a little about ourselves as players," he said.

"From a coaching perspective it was certainly encouraging on a lot of fronts.

"Sometimes the perception is you can come and get these tier two nations and run it away easily but they were both tough affairs.

"Tonight I think it was the 54th minute it was 14-12. We had to find something, keep our composure and again fantastic leadership through Peter (O'Mahony).

"It pulled us through to a place where we could have the intent to attack as much as we can. And that ended up getting the tries for us.

"(There were) six new caps and guys have learnt a lot about themselves. I think it has been a really good tour in that respect."

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