Leinster second row Devin Toner says Ireland are reaping the rewards of their patience under Andy Farrell.
Ireland scored 19 tries and 142 points across their three Autumn Nations Series games, finishing the month with a record with against Argentina yesterday.
Specifically, Farrell's side have earned credit for their attacking play, which has been fast-paced and aggressive, moving towards a game that can reward risk rather than winning-ugly.
Toner's last three Irish caps came in the opening three games of Farrell's era, and he says their expanded game plan has been a slow work-in-progress over the last couple of seasons.
"I would have seen everything they were trying to do, and it's great to see that they're coming to fruition now," he said, as attention now turns towards Leinster's United Rugby Championship Interpro against Ulster this Saturday (live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player)
"I think every game that Ireland play, we tried or were trying. They tried every game to do what they were practicing and it's great to see that it's coming off now."
Toner paid particular credit to the way the players responded to yesterday's chaotic preparations, which saw Jack Conan ruled out on Sunday morning before Iain Henderson suffered an injury minutes before kick-off.
The changes saw Peter O'Mahony and Tadhg Beirne drafted into the starting team, with Ulster's Nick Timoney summoned from Belfast on the morning of the game, before going on to play the final 20 minutes.
And with James Ryan injured late in the first half, it left Beirne calling the lineout in the final 40 minutes, which Toner says was no mean feat.
"It was brilliant, getting to see the lads do so well. It was great to see - with the amount of little change-ups that happened just before kickoff - Tadhg Beirne coming in to start and calling lineouts having not called them all week.
"That was the one I was most impressed with. He wouldn't have called all week long and being able to come in and do it in a test match when James (Ryan) comes off injured.
"It was great to see the younger lads getting game time, seeing Harry, seeing Dan Sheehan getting game time was brilliant."
While URC leaders Leinster are likely to rest their frontline Irish internationals, many of whom played all three games of the November series, they have been left with a hefty injury list from the Test window.
Johnny Sexton's knee and ankle injuries against New Zealand could see him ruled out for further five weeks, while Jamison Gibson-Park is still being assessed for a thing injury.
The province are yet to determine the extent of the injury which saw Jack Conan withdraw from yesterday's game against Argentina, but they have already ruled him out of Saturday's derby with Ulster at the RDS.
James Ryan will also miss out on that game against the northern province, as he works on the Return to Play protocols following yesterday's head injury.
In better news for the province Will Connors (below) has returned to training this week after eight months sidelines with a knee injury.
The 25-year-old, who won nine Ireland caps across 2020 and 2021, could make his comeback this Saturday against Ulster.
Leo Cullen's side hold the only 100% record left in the competition, but head into a grueling 10 week run of games which sees four Interpro derbies and four Heineken Champions Cup fixtures.
This weekend's game will be Ulster's first since their 100% record was ended by Connacht at the Aviva Stadium four weeks ago, and Toner says he's expecting a determined Ulster pack to arrive in Dublin this weekend.
"We've had the last four weekends off and we know that they've had four weeks to prepare for us, and they will obviously be disappointed with that performance against Connacht.
"They'll think that wasn't good enough so they'll have been working for four weeks leading up to this game.
"Not that they target Leinster every year, but Leinster v Ulster is traditionally a very good game and I think they're in a good place, second in the league and four out of five. Apart from that Connacht game they've been doing very well.
"They're going to be up for this game 100%," the 35-year-old second row added.