Rob Kearney considers captain Rory Best is the”glue” that holds Ireland collectively but a farewell for him personally and head trainer Joe Schmidt isn’t essential against Wales on Saturday.
Best, 37, will retire in Football after the World Cup in Japan and will play his final home game against Wales in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Schmidt will also step down after the tournament following six successful years at the helm, in.
Kearney played down the importance of a.
“Obviously it’s important but it is not in the forefront of the heads,” he explained.
“Performance is huge for us and even in case you scale the performance, it’s putting it into blocks; the initial 10 minutes, the second 10 minutes, etc.
“We really must ensure we’re firing whatsoever cylinders for that first week, [of this championship ] so that this weekend is a very significant step for us.
“And then you get to enjoy and feel pleased with committing Joe and Rory the huge send-off.”
Best, who played his final match in May for Ulster, will get his 120th cap against Wales – which makes him the restricted player in the history of Ireland – behind Brian O’Driscoll and only Ronan O’Gara.
“It’s huge, is not it? And sometimes I think it will get a little helpless,” Kearney said on Best’s leadership before Ireland’s final World Cup warm-up game.
“Some of the momentous victories we’ve had as a group have been under Rory. He’s a leader that is brilliant, he is the glue that brings the team together a good deal.
“Again, he is a man who is training really well and I am sure he’s quite excited to get out there and also show he’s still hugely effective at generating big performancesat his old age.”
Ireland returned to winning ways last weekend later they were beaten by England 57-15 at Twickenham, edging out Wales 22-17 in Cardiff on Saturday.
Six days 24, prior to enjoying with hosts Japan schmidt’s unwanted face Scotland in their first World Cup group stage match on September 22.