Ireland Wary of Improving Italy - Heaslip

It may have taken a bit longer than expected for Ireland to get back on the pitch following their opening Six Nations weekend disappointment at the hands of Wales, but the squad are raring to go in their return to the Aviva stadium this weekend.

No change for the starting 15 that was denied a chance to face France in Paris and ready to make his presence count is Naas native Jamie Heaslip. The Guinness rugby ambassador says the squad are wary about an improving Italy with powerful scrum and what he considers great ball carriers, all of which has helped focus the mind of the squad ahead of the perceived weaker nation in the championship, making them conscious of avoiding an upset.

RBS Six Nations Championship, Croke Park 7/2/2009'Ireland vs France'Stephen Ferris passes as Lionel Nallet tackles'Mandatory Credit �INPHOPresseye//Billy Stickland *** Local Caption ***

RBS Six Nations Championship, Croke Park 7/2/2009'Ireland vs France'Stephen Ferris passes as Lionel Nallet tackles'Mandatory Credit �INPHOPresseye//Billy Stickland *** Local Caption ***