"Thats why November is more important than it has ever been this year in terms of the matches we play. There's IRB ranking points (available) and wherever we stand at the end of those games is going to have an effect on the draw for the next World Cup. So how we go in the next three matches will have a three year effect." said Kidney.
After the autumn tests Kidney's stated aim for the RBS Six Nations is simply to win more matches than Ireland managed last year and in relation to the issue of who will captain the side, Kidney will decide at a later stage, "Brian (O'Driscoll) and myself have been talking about that and taking a look at things. Come November we'll take a good look at it and see how things are. I think it's important he gets a chance to concentrate on his own game. He's been shouldering things for the last five years. We'll see how things go.
"You don't win three Triple Crowns and throw that away too easily. At the same time you want to give him a small bit of space. It wouldn't be usual to name a captain at the start of a set-up."
Kidney and his coaching team had 45 players in the Mardyke yesterday, a number that included Denis Leamy who is expected back from his keyhole shoulder surgery earlier than at first predicted and team manager, McNaughton confirmed that the proposed test between Ireland and South Africa scheduled for later this year in Dubai was almost certain not to go ahead.