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Perhaps more importantly for Kidney’s men though is the need to end a run of five straight Test defeats – Ireland’s worst run for 14 years.
Kidney has been hindered by an injury list that has ruled out the likes of Brian O'Driscoll, Paul O'Connell and Stephen Ferris.
But the inclusion of Craig Gilroy is the only change from Ireland’s 16-12 defeat to South Africa – he replaces Andrew Trimble after scoring three tries for Ireland as they beat Fiji 53-0 in a non-cap international last Saturday.
And despite questions being raised over his running of the side, Kidney reacted to suggestions of pressure by highlighting the unfamiliarity within his squad.
“All we can do is look to get better game on game,” said the 53-year-old. “We've had a lot of tough games recently and have picked up something from each match.
“Everyone knows this is a completely different squad and these players are learning game on game. They'll get better and I couldn't ask any more from them.
“When we've been beating teams in the past, we haven't gone on about it and now we're not going to go on about losing.”
Gilroy, 21, has impressed at Ulster since making his debut in 2010, and will displace his team-mate Trimble from the starting XV on Saturday.
Although uncapped, he has finished as the Ulstermen’s leading try scorer in each of the last two seasons, and his three tries at Thomond Park put his name in the hat for selection.
“We came to the conclusion that the team that played against South Africa did well for a good part of it,” Kidney said.
“Having that game under their belts will stand the players in good stead and Craig coming in will only add to it.
“Andrew will be back again but Craig is playing well and has experience of playing on the left wing.”