Richie Murphy says there has been no extra homework for the recruited Ireland players with as many as eight imports set to play a part against England tomorrow.

Five – South Africans CJ Stander and Quinn Roux; New Zealanders Jamison Gibson-Park, Bundee Aki and James Lowe – qualified after satisfying a three-year residency clause and will start the Autumn Nations Cup tie at Twickenham (3pm). 

Replacements Rob Herring (South Africa), Finlay Bealham (Australia) and Billy Burns (England) have all qualified via Irish grandparents. 

It's a cast that led to England coach Eddie Jones revealing he got a chuckle when someone in his company called them the "United Nations".

In the aftermath of the 2011 Six Nations win over England, Johnny Sexton alluded to how Irish players are more pumped up against the old enemy, clearly regarding the inherent nature of the rivalry as a virtue.

And while the FAI is looking into the circumstances of a video played before the Republic of Ireland faced England in a friendly match in Wembley last week, Murphy said the Ireland management don’t believe there is any need to try to put fire in the belly of the eight players who didn't grow up in the country. 

"People are always looking for different things but for us it’s all been about a Test match and preparing for a Test match," he told RTÉ Sport.

"All the ones we play in, our preparation is very similar, just little things will stick out.


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"There’s been nothing special this week in relation to trying to build up these guys.

"These guys are playing for Ireland; they have made that choice to come to Ireland. They are ready to go.

"They understand some of the history and some of the background that’s there but it’s not something that we’ve hyped at all within. 

"We think of all our players as being Irish. They've been in the country; they're members of their local communities and we just get on with it from there. 

"They fit in to the group really well.

"They are taking us forward and they are adding to the environment, they are questioning, they are giving opinions. They are working with the other guys, there is no us and them. It’s Ireland as a team, as a squad." 

Andy Farrell’s side are bidding to avoid a fourth defeat in a row against his former team.

Sandwiched in the middle of two damaging Six Nations losses is the 57-15 record defeat in a World Cup warm-up game in August 2019, a repeat of which Murphy is confident won’t come to pass.

"I think that was two teams at very different stages of pre-season development," he said of the eight-try hammering.

"I’m pretty happy that we are in a different place, a different frame of mind.

"It’s a new group and the likes of Hugo [Keenan], Jamison, all these guys with not too many caps but with that, there’s a freedom in how they play.

"That’s what we will be trying to back this week. [To] get these guys out and let them express themselves the way they see with within our structure." 

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