Rob Kearney believes captain Rory Best is the”glue” that holds Ireland collectively but a farewell for him and head trainer Joe Schmidt isn’t crucial against Wales on Saturday.
Greatest will retire in professional Football following the World Cup in Japan and will play his final home game against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Schmidt will resign after the tournament after six years at the helm, in.
But, Kearney played down the importance of a.
“Obviously it is important but it’s not in the forefront of the minds,” he explained.
“Performance is huge for us this week and even in case you scale back the performance, it’s putting it into cubes; the initial 10 minutes, the next 10 minutes, etc.
“We actually need to ensure we are shooting whatsoever cylinders for this very first week, [of this championship ] so that this weekend is really a big thing for us.
“And you get to love and feel pleased with giving Joe and Rory the significant send-off.”
Best, who played his final game for Ulster at May, will receive his 120th cap – making him the third-highest restricted player in the history of Ireland – behind Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan O’Gara.
“It is huge, isn’t it? And sometimes I think that it will get a bit undervalued,” Kearney stated on Best’s leadership ahead of Ireland’s final World Cup warm-up game.
“Some of those momentous victories we have had as a group have been beneath Rory. He is a leader that is brilliant, he is the glue that brings the team.
“Again, he’s a guy who’s training really well and I am sure he’s very eager to get out there and also show he’s still exceptionally effective at generating big performances, even at his ripe old age.”
Ireland returned to winning ways last weekend when they have been comprehensively beaten by England 57-15 in Twickenham, edging out Wales 22-17 in Cardiff on Saturday.
Six days 24, prior to playing hosts Japan, schmidt’s unwanted face Scotland in their first World Cup group stage match on September 22.