They won’t be friendly – Kearney

Date published: June 8 2015

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney has admitted there will be nothing friendly about his side's upcoming two World Cup warm-up matches against Wales.

Millennium Stadium (August 8) and Aviva Stadium (August 29) host the two games, as the countries clash for the first time since the Six Nations.

And Kearney revealed that while he looks forward to the Test fixtures as good preparation for the World Cup, he knows they will be spicy affairs.

"They won't be friendly at all, they'll be full-on Test matches," he told WalesOnline.

"But it's a double-edged sword. These games do get you ready but at the same time, you don't want injuries.

"It's important to get match fitness up, put your hand up for selection and start to try and find your form. As soon as you come into round one of the tournament you can't be chasing things – that's why the warm-ups are so important.

"There will be players who will be there or thereabouts for the final squad and there'll be some looking for form."