It doesn't sound like a 'Fear of God' level motivational talk in terms of intensity but it still got the job done.
Conor Murray divulged to the media the words which Paul O'Connell had with the Ireland squad following a less than optimal training session last week. The Munster man left them with something to think about on their day off.
Murray told The Irish Independent:
Tuesday was a a bit of a flat session and Paulie said his words, you know, he's been through this before and you know when he talks he is speaking the truth and he has experience to back it up.
So you quickly take on board what he is telling you. He just told us to, you know, over the next day when we had Wednesday off to just think about the game, think about how special it could be.
Refreshed, the players returned for an improved session on Thursday.
The Irish scrum-half also outlined the pre-game talk which O'Connell used to inspire focus ahead of the encounter with Scotland.
We came back in Thursday had a really good session. Today, there were murmurs from outside about points difference and all that, but he's been through it many times with Munster. You've seen it before he's been through those type of games where they've needed four tries or whatever.
He was just talking about your performance, the first 10 minutes, the first contact, your first moment. Just try and win that and then go from there and try and build on it. He's obviously an incredible leader and we are very glad to have him.
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