Ireland coach Declan Kidney admits he has been impressed by the way Jamie Heaslip has adapted to his role as captain.
The 29-year-old, who succeeded Brian O'Driscoll as skipper before the championship, has been placed in charge at a time when the squad has been decimated by injury.
And with Heaslip thrust into the role during a period of transition for Ireland, Kidney believes the player will learn much from his early experience.
"When things aren't going as well as you want them to, you push the comments that are out there to one side and get on with your job," Kidney said.
"Jamie has done that and done it very well. There's a bit of adversity around the place and it's the measure of a man as to how he deals with that.
"Jamie's making strong decisions for us and all we need to do is execute on those decisions."