8 Sep 2011

O'Driscoll says there are no pushover Tests

10:29 am on 8 September 2011

The Irish rugby team has arrived in New Plymouth to put together preperations for their opening World Cup match, knowing that they face a big challenge to qualify for the quarter-finals.

They failed to get out of pool play four years ago, and they go into this tournament on the back of four straight losses in warmup matches and their lowest-ever world ranking of eighth.

Despite that captain Brian O'Driscoll says they're not bringing any scars with them and their toughest challenge in group C won't necessarily come from their pool's top-ranked team.

O'Driscoll thinks Australia will be hugely tough opposition but there are no pushover Test matches and they won't be taking anyone for granted.

Ireland's opening match against the United States is on Sunday.