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."
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.