Having watched a bulk of the Ireland squad compete in the Heineken Cup at the weekend, Ireland coach Declan Kidney has called for Irish rugby to scale even greater heights this summer with a first series win against New Zealand the aim.
Speaking at the announcment of his 29 man squad on Monday afternoon, Kidney feels that the tour to face the All Blacks is the perfect chance for the Ireland squad just how good they can be.
It is a fantastic opportunity for them (uncapped players),” he said on Monday afternoon.
“Going to New Zealand for a three-match tour, which Ireland have never done before, will be a great learning experience.
“But they’ve had to do it on the back of results because this isn’t the place for the faint of heart.
“You don’t experiment in matches against New Zealand. It’s akin to experimenting in Heineken Cup play-off matches. You need to go for it.
“We ask (New Zealand) to play with full-strength sides when they come here so we have to honour them and do the same over there.
“The objective is to win the series, first and foremost, and to work downwards from there.
“We know the record, we have never beaten New Zealand and to beat them would be a great achievement but it would be disrespect to the jersey not to go for (the series win).”
Ireland kick off their three test series against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on June 9th.