Les Kiss challenges Ireland to rise to the occasion in against the US Eagles in America

Last Updated: 04/06/13 10:25pm

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Les Kiss: Looking for quick progress from young Ireland squad

Les Kiss: Looking for quick progress from young Ireland squad

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Ireland coach Les Kiss has challenged his young squad to rise to the occasion when they play US Eagles in Houston on Saturday.

The Australian provides the continuity from old regime to new when he hands over the reins to Joe Schmidt after the tour but Kiss will be without 10 players for the games because they are on Lions duty.

Schmidt takes over ahead of games against New Zealand, Australia and Samoa, and there will be little chance for manoeuvre in November, meaning players need to take their opportunities in Texas and Toronto.

Kiss said: "Every Test is a must-win game. There is a real opportunity on two fronts, to bring players away so that they are well informed about what is required at this level and to prepare for Test matches come November.

"For ongoing transition into a new structure there is an opportunity to know what the players can do.

"These two Tests are ideal for that. It is a long time since we last played these boys in 2011, it was 60 minutes before we got away from it was tough, right until the back end.

"It is a different team, the US have variation on their game plan, their attack is better and they are improving."

"We want to win two tests. That's what it is about and if we come out the other end well informed about what faces us going into November it will be a good thing."

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