The Irish camp were keeping their powder dry on the eve of the RBS 6 Nations decider against Wales at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow.
Warren Gatland raised a few eyebrows earlier in the week with comments suggesting the Welsh players disliked Ireland more than any other team but both Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll and coach Declan Kidney played a dead bat when quizzed on the Welsh coach's thoughts.
"I haven't picked up too many newspapers this week," he said. "I don't really have anything to say about it," said O'Driscoll as he hopes to guide his side to a first Grand Slam since 1948.
Kidney also preferred to look forward to tomorrow's clash. He said: "We were always going to play Wales last match but to have so much involved on it adds a little bit of spice. It's a huge privilege to be here. These are the occasions you are in sport for. You just want to enjoy it and that is what everyone must do.
"We have given ourselves a chance. We are away from home against the champions in their own backyard. It doesn't come any tougher than that. I am delighted for the players, they've worked really hard, and I know they are going to give their all tomorrow.
"I've been put in a situation now where I have a job to do, the lads have a job to do and we will go about our business."
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.