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Peter O'Mahony during a break in training at Carton House.  Picture: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

‘We know they’re looking to do a job on us at home’

If Peter O’Mahony has to be in a rugby stadium it is fair to say he would much rather be on the pitch than looking at it.

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Michael Cheika: Felt an outsider. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Cheika’s race against time

Nine months. Give or take a few days. That was more or less the time Kitch Christie had to fashion a team of world champions when he took over from Ian McIntosh as Springboks coach in October of 1994.

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Munster's Robin Copeland in action. Picture: Sportsfile

Casey brace a bonus for Munster

GUINNESS PRO12:
Dragons 12 Munster 38
Duncan Casey scored two tries as Munster continued their impressive unbeaten away record with a bonus point win over Newport Gwent Dragons.

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‘No reason we can’t deal with the pressure’

Added expectation? Paul O’Connell has been playing under the burden of it for years and the Ireland captain sees no reason why his side cannot deal with it when they play Australia in Dublin this afternoon.

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TICKING THE BOXES: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt leads from the front during the captain's run at the Aviva Stadium. Picture: Billy Stickland

We’ve come a long way, now for the hard part

AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL:
Ireland v Australia
So far so good for Joe Schmidt and his blossoming Ireland team.

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Dave Kearney

Murphy and Kearney make seasonal bows

Jordi Murphy and Dave Kearney make their first starts of the season in Leinster’s Guinness Pro12 clash away to Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo tomorrow (2.30pm).

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Connacht's Mils Muliaina is tackled by Zebre's Andries Ferreira and Luca Redolfini. Picture: Inpho/James Crombie

Muliaina makes immediate impact

GUINNESS PRO12:
Connacht 43 Zebre 3
Not the most auspicious occasion on a wet Galway evening for an All Black centurion to make his debut, but Mils Muliaina made his presence felt in Connacht’s 43-3 victory over Zebre last evening.

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Ulster's Paddy Jackson lines up a kick at goal. Picture: INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard

Cave makes it safe for Ulster

GUINNESS PRO12:
Ulster 25 Ospreys 16
Ireland centre Darren Cave’s second try two minutes from the end saw Ulster home at the Kingspan Stadium against a previously unbeaten Ospreys side that fought back from trailing 18-3 at the break.

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Richie McCaw. Picture: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Big team performance comes first for McCaw

AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL:
Wales v New Zealand
Richie McCaw says he will put team performance before personal milestones when he captains New Zealand for the 100th time in Tests today.

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Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper gathers the ball during the captain's run ahead of today's game against Ireland at the Aviva. Picture: Ian Walton/Getty

Why are Aussies so good at range of sports?

Ireland play Australia today in rugby. And Compromise Rules. You knew that, of course.

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Michael Hooper's impact has been such that he was handed the captaincy of Australia at the tender age of 23 and has already accumulated 40 caps. Picture: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

How Ireland can blunt Hooper’s impact

Rhys Ruddock and Peter O’Mahony will have to workin tandem to negate the influence of Michael Hooper

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SOMEDAY... Ireland's Simon Zebo and Gordon D'Arcy on their way to a training session at Carton House. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE

Schmidt: Embrace great expectations

AUTUMN INTERNATIONAL:
Ireland v Australia
Joe Schmidt will send his Ireland team into their showdown with Australia tomorrow urging them to embrace the high expectation they have generated among their supporters after a year of success.

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Chris Henry: Recuperating at home as he awaits test results.

Recovering Henry won’t rush return from ‘mini-stroke’, says pal Best

Ireland flanker Chris Henry will not take chances with his health to rush back to rugby following his suspected mini stroke, says friend and team-mate Rory Best.

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JJ Hanrahan

Hanrahan full-back against the Dragons

GUINNESS PRO12:
Dragons v Munster
JJ Hanrahan pictured has been chosen at full-back for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 clash with Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade tonight.

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Australia's Henry Speight with coach Michael Cheika. Picture: Matt Browne

‘We’re not going to win anything with schoolkids’

Michael Cheika thought twice before allowing his Wallabies wander down Killiney Hill and into Dalkey village on Tuesday evening.

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Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Sexton’s seen it all with Cheika

From a confidence boost as a Leinster U20 to being targeted as the British and Irish Lions playmaker, Johnny Sexton has experienced the full range of Michael Cheika compliments and a fair few run-ins with the Australia coach besides.

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Philippe Saint-Andre: Rules there everyone should respect

Thomas pays huge penalty for being late

Rising star Teddy Thomas has been dropped for tomorrow’s Test against Argentina by France manager Philippe Saint-Andre for missing a training session by arriving two hours late.

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Michael Cheika. Picture: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Cheika backs Oz selection policy

Former Leinster coach Michael Cheika, above, said he will not try to interfere with Australia’s long-standing policy of refusing to select overseas-based stars.

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Connacht's Eoin McKeon and Mata Fifita tackle Mils Muliaina during training at the Sportsground this week. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Connacht boss Lam ready to unleash All Black star Muliaina

Connacht’s first All Black, Mils Muliaina, makes his debut for the province tonight when Connacht host Zebre at the Galway Sportsground (7.35pm).

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Darren Cave: Free to play for Ulster against Ospreys.

Ulster boosted as Irish international trio return

Internationals Stuart Olding, Craig Gilroy and Darren Cave have been released by Ireland and will boost Ulster’s hopes of dethroning Pro12 table-toppers Ospreys at the Kingspan Stadium this evening.

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