Declan Kidney disappointed after latest Irish defeat

Paul O'Connell
Paul O'Connell looks dejected after Ireland's defeat by France in Dublin

Ireland coach Declan Kidney said his players would learn lessons from the "disappointing" 26-22 defeat by France in their latest World Cup warm-up game.

The Irish led 8-0 early on only to be hit by 26 unanswered points by the dominant French in Dublin.

"It (the result) wasn't what we wanted but we need to learn from it," said the Irish coach.

"Some of the aspects that we had worked on (before the game) did work. Our set piece was much stronger."

However, Kidney accepted that it was another unsatisfactory result after the defeats by Scotland and the French over the previous two weekends.

"The result is very disappointing. It's what you will always be judged on at this level of football.

"I'm not going to get around it. The score was what it was.

"It shows we need all these games to get ready for the World Cup."

Kidney added that the Irish were awaiting a further assessment on the injury suffered by young full-back Felix Jones, which has put the Munster youngster's World Cup hopes in jeopardy.

Jones was driven from the pitch in a medical cart in the 71st minute of Saturday's game after falling awkwardly while catching a high ball.

"Felix has had an x-ray which didn't show a broken bone, but he'll have a scan tomorrow," said Kidney.

"Only once we know the results of that will we be able to assess it fully. We need to check for ligament damage."

Kidney was able to deliver a more definitive update on loosehead prop Cian Healy, who had to be helped from the pitch in the 51st minute.

"Someone stood on Cian's foot 10 days ago in training and unfortunately someone trod on the same spot today," said Kidney.

"It's just something that needs a little bit of fresh air and time for the bruise to heal."

The Irish will be in action in their final warm-up game against England at the Aviva Stadium next Saturday before beginning their World Cup challenge against the USA in New Zealand on 11 September.

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