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And despite missing out on Ireland's victorious RBS 6 Nations this year, the 24-year-old insists he is more than ready for the big occasion.
"These kind of games I get more excited for so it won't really affect me," he told the Irish Independent.
"Mentally, it wouldn't make me feel like I was going to a daunting place. It's exciting and I just want to get my hands on the ball even more so.
"We did have quite a young squad last year and as a whole we weren't used to going to the south of France and playing in such a crazy atmosphere as Clermont. No doubt it will be similar with the Toulon fan base there this year.
"We know what it's all about now and instead of starting from minute 20, we have to start at minute one."