Ireland ready to deal with South Africa's onslaught - Caelan Doris

Ireland have two wins from as many games in the World Cup
Ireland have two wins from as many games in the World Cup
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Ireland back-row Caelan Doris insists that his side will be ready for the onslaught from South Africa when the two teams meet each other in the Pool B game on Saturday.

The two teams have not lost a game in the tournament previously and a win this weekend would take them close to a quarter-final berth.

While Ireland are the in-form team with a 15-game winning streak that included a Six Nations Grand Slam earlier in the year that took them to the pole position in the World Rugby Rankings, South Africa are the defending champions having claimed the title in the 2019 edition making it a highly anticipated contest.

Jacques Nienaber has opted for seven forwards in the replacements, something they first unveiled in the warm-up win over the All Blacks and Doris said Ireland are up for the challenge.

"It doesn’t actually change too much," said Doris.

"We talk about delivering an 80-minute performance regardless of who we are playing and knowing that some teams target the last 20 minutes.

"We also speak our bench coming on and not just fitting in but actually taking it up a level. That will be important for us this weekend.

"I think it’s been a great pre-season for us and the lads are in pretty optimal shape I would say - some of our best conditioning I’ve seen over the last few years. We back our fitness against most teams and back our smarts as well. I’m pretty confident in that area."


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