Ireland rugby coach Declan Kidney's hailing next month's tour to New Zealand as the biggest test in world rugby.
Kidney has named a 29 strong squad, including three uncapped players, for the three test series.
He says there's no bigger challenge than facing the All Blacks in their own backyard.
Kidney says it's like going to Brazil in soccer.
"It's going to be really fantastic."
He says with the magnitude of the test matches it was felt better to concentrate on the three games because they are going to require their full attention against the world champions.
Leinster centre Brian O'Driscoll's been named captain while Kidney has left four spots open for players recovering from injuries.
Kidney has left four spots vacant as he awaits on injury concerns including lock Paul O'Connell who is battling a knee problem.
Photo: Declan Kidney (Photosport)