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Brian O'Driscoll misses Irish session ahead of NZ game

International Test: New Zealand v Ireland
Venue: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth Date: Sat, 12 June Kick-off: 0845 BST Coverage: Live on Sky Sports; live text commentary and score updates on BBC Sport website and mobile phones

Brian O'Driscoll and Dan Carter
Brian O'Driscoll is tackled by Dan Carter in the 2008 clash at Croke Park

Brian O'Driscoll has insisted that he will be fit for Ireland's clash with the All Blacks on Saturday even though he sat out training on Friday.

A bout of vertigo left O'Driscoll feeling dizzy on Thursday night and he missed training as a precaution.

"I'll be grand in another 24 hours," said the Ireland captain.

The Irish are aiming for their first ever win over the All Blacks after 22 previous attempts although they came close on their 2006 and 2008 tours.

A 10-10 draw in 1973 is Ireland's previous best result against New Zealand.

With the likes of Paul O'Connell, Stephen Ferris, Rory Best, Jerry Flannery and Keith Earls all ruled out by injury, Ireland can ill-afford to be without talisman O'Driscoll in New Plymouth.

It's not the first time the 31-year-old has been affected by vertigo but he said the symptoms were not as severe as 2009 when it meant he had to miss Six Nations Grand Slam celebrations.


"I haven't had it for a while," added O'Driscoll.

"The last real memory of having it was the night we won the Grand Slam and I couldn't go to the dinner.

"It just came on and I was getting sick that time.

"I just felt a little bit dizzy last night and went to bed and felt a bit better this morning. I took a bit more medication and I'll be grand."

O'Driscoll stayed behind at the team hotel while the team had their captain's run at Yarrow Stadium.

His midfield partner Gordon D'Arcy was another who sat out Friday's session but coach Declan Kidney was not unduly concerned ahead of the Test with the world's number one side.

"We ask guys how they are feeling and if it's prudent for them to run out they do that," added Kidney.

In the past we've put in good performances for 50 or 60 minutes and not been able to complete the full 80

Brian O'Driscoll

"Friday is just a case of keeping the body ticking over for Saturday."

O'Driscoll has been on the wrong end of the scoreline against the All Blacks seven times in his career.

"You've got to play one of your better games in an Irish jersey collectively, not just seven or eight of us," added O'Driscoll.

"Everyone has to combine for a really good performance.

"In the past we've put in good performances for 50 or 60 minutes and not been able to complete the full 80. That's the big test."

All Blacks forwards coach Steve Hansen has been talking up his pack this week, claiming they will physically dominate the weakened Irish.

"We haven't had massive discussions about it but it's been mentioned," O'Driscoll said of Irish reaction to Hansen's bold statement.

Connacht's Sean Cronin and John Muldoon face their sternest challenges yet in Irish colours after being named in the starting line-up.

The pair have both played twice previously for Ireland - Cronin against Fiji and Wales and Muldoon against the United States and Canada - but have found themselves thrust into the spotlight for Ireland's tour opener.

New Zealand: Israel Dagg; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Benson Stanley, Joe Rokocoko; Daniel Carter, Jimmy Cowan; Ben Franks, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brad Thorn, Anthony Boric, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read.
Replacements: Aled de Malmanche, Neemia Tialata, Sam Whitelock, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Zac Guildford.

Ireland: Rob Kearney; Tommy Bowe, Brian O'Driscoll (capt), Gordon D'Arcy, Andrew Trimble; Ronan O'Gara, Tomas O'Leary; Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, John Hayes, Donncha O'Callaghan, Mick O'Driscoll, John Muldoon, David Wallace, Jamie Heaslip.
Replacements: John Fogarty, Tony Buckley, Dan Tuohy, Shane Jennings, Eoin Reddan, Jonathan Sexton, Geordan Murphy.

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