Irish rugby boss Declan Kidney admits his side face a difficult challenge getting their season back on track as the World Cup fast approaches.
Ireland suffered their second successive defeat at the weekend, losing out 19-12 to France. They will now host the French at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Kidney feels that the defeats against Scotland and France have not affected his team’s confidence, but admits that they need to improve next weekend and get their season going.
“We can take some comfort from the second half we produced on Saturday, but now we have France again,” he said
“There are easier matches to play – it’s not exactly a confidence builder we’re looking at.
“We’re behind in our preparations in that we’ve lost two matches, but we’ve done a lot of damage to ourselves in the first half of both matches.
“Individually we’re playing quite well and I can’t fault anyone. We’d be in a far worse situation if individuals were playing poorly
“You can’t defend the way we have in the last two matches by showing a lack of attitude, so our attitude has been excellent.
“I’m not really concerned by the impact losing these games will have on confidence.
“We’re a bit annoyed but we know what we’re about. Had we won the two I’d be asked if we were getting over confident.”