"This is my tenth Six Nations. I've felt both sides of coming into camp, not being in the (Heineken Cup) knock-out stages, losing out on the last day and on other occasions being in the quarter-finals.
"Certainly there's a bit of pep in your step coming into camp. You're feeling good, you've European rugby to play after the Six Nations.
"It definitely does help the mood - the more Irish teams there are in the knock-out stages in Europe the better it is for us. That's a great positive."
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