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Joe Schmidt has warned his players to put any thoughts of avoiding injury out of their minds and focus on the task in hand against Wales this afternoon.
Ahead of his final match as Ireland coach at the Aviva Stadium, Schmidt is looking for a momentum-building performance ahead of his squad’s departure for Japan’s Rugby World Cup next Wednesday.
Having mixed and matched their selections for last week’s Ireland victory in Cardiff, both Schmidt and Warren Gatland have picked stronger sides for the final warm-up game before they depart for Japan next week.
And, having named his 31-man squad last week and recalled Johnny Sexton, Keith Earls and Robbie Henshaw to the starting XV for the first time this season, Schmidt wants a performance.
“I think you have to fully commit to this game, first and foremost,” he said.
“There is always a risk that if you are half-pied at all, if you are trying to look after yourself for the flight over, you don’t get the flight because you are half a yard slow and you are slightly vulnerable somewhere.
“I think the best way to protect yourself is to be fully committed to
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