Ireland won't be holding back in their final pre-World Cup game against Wales on Saturday, according to scrum-half Conor Murray.

Preparations for the tournament in Japan next month had been underwhelming, with an insipid victory against Italy followed by a record defeat to England at Twickenham.

But things got back on track last week in Cardiff with a victory against an admittedly weakened Welsh side.

The Grand Slam champions are the opponents again this weekend, this time in Dublin, and Murray says that Ireland need to take momentum out of their final warm-up game.

"You go into these games, and you’ve got to go all out, 100%," he told RTÉ Sport’s Michael Corcoran.

"Whatever happens, happens. You’ve got to be fully committed to the cause, and try to get a performance.

"I haven’t seen it yet, no one is holding back. If there’s injuries that happen then it’s very unfortunate. If you go in and try and mind yourself, that’s when injuries can happen, or are more likely to happen.

"Wales are a class side. We're going to show them the respect they deserve. From our point of view, we want to take a step in the right direction with our performance, and show everyone what we’re capable of, and hopefully leave Ireland on a good note."

Ireland's recent record against Wales isn't great

The team’s next game after this Saturday will be their World Cup Pool A opener against Scotland in Yokohama.

It won’t be the first time that the ground has hosted an Irish team in a World Cup, after the Republic of Ireland soccer team beat Saudi Arabia there 3-0 in June 2002.

For Murray, this weekend is also about fine-tuning ahead of the clash with the Scots.

"It’s very, very important. It’s about building momentum now, and building performances. It’s about getting the partnerships (correct), and striking off each other really well.

"Last weekend was a step in the right direction. There was a lot more intent, and a lot more passion there. It’s stepping stones, and we want to go up again.

"Coming into camp this week, obviously with people being selected, there was a bit of a buzz. Even just after the win, it makes coming into a camp a little bit easier. There’s been a good energy about the place for the last few days, and hopefully we’ll just keep building."

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