ON THE CAPTAINCY:
â00The captaincy is something Iâ00ve done before and itâ00s something I love doing. Itâ00s Brianâ00s job but when you step in for a week to do it, itâ00s great. I can throw myself into it for a week and then step back when he returns. I enjoy it.â0
ON IRELANDâ00S DEBUT AT CROKE PARK:
â00The Croke Park aspect of it is something weâ00ll enjoy and use as motivation but we must realise it wonâ00t win us the game. France have played in plenty of hostile grounds so theyâ00re well used to that sort of thing.
â00Theyâ00ll be fairly oblivious to it. We have to do the ground justice by becoming the victorious team. History would look more favourably on a team that won their first game at Croke Park rather than lost it.
â00We want to get the crowd behind us but we have to give them something to cheer about. We hope weâ00ll do that and they respond by giving us a massive lift. The crowd have a part to play in that.â0
ON THE STADIUM AND PITCH:
â00Itâ00s a great facility. The pitch is in great nick. Itâ00s a fabulous stadium, the dressing rooms are great and everything is settled for a good, exciting day. Now all we have to do is go out and do the ground justice with our performance.
â00Weâ00d heard so much about the pitch but it was better than we expected it to be (in training). Itâ00s been fine for us, maybe because weâ00re wearing long studs.
â00A lot of us have played in ovals in New Zealand and Australia so a lot of us are used to it. Itâ00s a big thing for the kickers and chasers but apart from that, itâ00s fine.â0