Summer Internationals: Les Kiss says Ireland won't rest on Six Nations success
Last Updated: 04/06/14 6:45pm
Les Kiss says Ireland need to put their Six Nations triumph behind them ahead of this weekend’s first Test against Argentina.
Ireland face the Pumas in Resistencia on Saturday, which is their first game since capturing the Six Nations title in Paris last March.
Kiss stressed that while winning the championship was special, the players now need to look forward and not back.
We have guys that know that Tests are running short leading up to the World Cup so every training session, every meeting, every opportunity to get out there and put the jersey on is important.
"It's nice to know that that's in the past and hopefully it can serve us well going forward," said the Ireland assistant coach.
"It guarantees you nothing going forward, we've still got to get out there and do the things that make us a team that we are proud of.
"And if we keep doing those things everything is possible."
Kiss has urged players to seize their chance against Argentina and stake a claim for permanent places.
A combination of injuries and players needing to be rested has presented an opportunity for several men to work their way into coach Joe Schmidt's World Cup plans.
"We have guys that know that Tests are running short leading up to the World Cup so every training session, every meeting, every opportunity to get out there and put the jersey on is important,” said Kiss.
"The stakes are getting high in that regard. We hit the ground running this week and got a Test this Saturday, but that's what it is.
"We could possibly lose our way and try and put too much on the players but we'll try and approach it in a way that we put the right things in front of them, and make them aware of what we need to do.
"But we will also put the heat on them to deliver the standards that we have always asked of them."
Watch Argentina v Ireland live on Sky Sports 1 from 7.30pm on Saturday