Kearney wants consistency from Ireland

Date published: November 14 2017

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney is extremely pleased about Saturday's record defeat of South Africa – but they are also fully aware they need to keep up this momentum against Fiji and Argentina.

He also admits top level consistency is what his side are aiming for.

“I think we are embracing it," the 31-year-old told "As a group we were delighted with the win and the result. It was a comprehensive victory.

"The challenge to this team and probably Irish teams over the past decade has been to back that up and do it consistently – not have one really good, unbelievable performance and then have a dip the following week.

"You want to be known as a consistently excellent team – as opposed to just an excellent team that has an ability to dip in performance.”

Loose forwards Jordi Murphy and Sean Reidy have been added to the Ireland squad after Dan Leavy and Tommy O'Donnell were ruled out.

Flanker Peter O'Mahony is also a doubt after suffering an ear injury after 51 minutes on Saturday.

Prop John Ryan is also out and will continue his rehab with Munster.

Head coach Joe Schmidt may go with Tadhg Furlong again in the tighthead role or pick Andrew Porter for his home Test debut – and his first start – after playing on the summer tour.

Jack McGrath may play tighthead with Cian Healy wearing the number one jersey.

Keith Earls is also back at Munster to continue with rehab on his hamstring injury.