WATCH: Les Kiss: ‘Tries will win the World Cup’ not conservative play

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Ireland head coach Schmidt has gained great success through his pragmatic gameplan, but his assistant Les Kiss believes the World Cup will not be won in safety-first mode.

“I’d be reluctant to say that,” said Kiss when asked if conservative rugby wins World Cups.

“Certainly there would be another form of pressure that prevails when there’s something huge at stake.”

“That might tighten up some mindsets, but I think the team that gets too conservative may not be the smartest.”

Video by Dan Linehan

He continued: “You need to be able to adapt and react to the moments that are in front of you, the team that can actually see those moments, create those opportunities and clean them up at that moment are going to make a big difference.

“And I’d say that tries will win the World Cup.”

Iain Henderson can come of Test-match age in Ireland’s World Cup opener against Canada in Cardiff, according to Les Kiss.

Ulster lock Henderson has beaten Leinster’s Devin Toner to partner captain Paul O’Connell for Ireland’s first Pool D clash at the Millennium Stadium.

Toner forged a formidable duo with O’Connell en route to Ireland’s two-straight RBS 6 Nations triumphs, but Henderson has long been earmarked for Test potency.

The 23-year-old will win his 20th cap against Canada, but only his fifth Test start, and defence coach Kiss has backed the Craigavon native to realise his rich potential.

“Iain has done very well and I don’t think it’s just in this off-season either, he’s come in over the last two years, and he’s been learning the ropes, not only through Paul O’Connell but also through Devin Toner,” said Kiss.

“He’s learned a lot in that time.

“It’s another step up for him, a big tournament and it will be exciting for him. But we’ve seen what he can deliver.

“The potential’s there but if he’s got his mind on and his head right he can be a damaging player.

“So he’ll have to bring that into the game in some form or other, whether that’s in the set-piece or in the loose.

“But it’s a big opportunity for him.”

Shaun Cronin, Head Sports Reporter chatting with Irish Examiner Rugby Correspondent Simon Lewis during the Captain’s Run at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Video by Dan Linehan

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