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Peter O’Mahony: Wales will lap up idle talk of bonus points

Peter O’Mahony is having no truck with talk of bonus points ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations assignment in Cardiff.

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Greg Feek impressed as Conor O’Shea’s Italy don’t give a ruck

Conor O’Shea can expect a flurry of grateful messages on St Patrick’s weekend if Ireland account for England in Dublin and, in the process, claim the Six Nations title on points difference.

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Donal Lenihan: There’s no breakdown in law and order

Donal Lenihan has praised Conor O’Shea’s bravery for implementing Italy’s unusual breakdown tactic in Sunday’s Twickenham clash with England, but doesn’t expect many copycat attempts from other coaches.

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Munster on a learning curve, says Rassie Erasmus

It was always going to happen, acknowledged Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus yesterday, as he reviewed his side’s weekend defeat against the Scarlets. 

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Rugby Podcast: Game in chaos? Donal Lenihan on Twickenham rucking ructions

Tony Leen and Donal Lenihan discuss Italy's unusual breakdown tactics that have had the rugby world scratching its head.

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Ireland v England will be a game of family fortunes

They sat side by side on the same subs bench on a summer’s evening long ago, father and son far from the madding crowd in the English countryside.

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Our ‘smart’ defence was rewarded, declares Robbie Henshaw

‘Lethal’ was the word Rory Best reached for when he held court on the French attack at the pre-match press conference on Friday.

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Tom Tierney delighted as determined Irish keep Grand Slam hopes on track

Ireland 13 France 10: Ireland weathered Storm Ewan, proved the doubters wrong and took a massive step towards a Grand Slam with deserved victory over France in Donnybrook yesterday.

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Brian Hickey hails heroic defence as Cork Con claim 28th cup win

Cork Constitution 14 Young Munster 0: Cork Constitution claimed their 28th Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Cup title at wind-swept Musgrave Park yesterday at the expense of old rivals Young Munster, whose bravery was not enough against the defending champions.

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Eddie Jones: Italian approach ‘not rugby’

England 36 Italy 15: England head coach Eddie Jones was seething with sarcasm after his side’s 17th successive Test win.

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Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton: Ireland's perfect tandem rides again

Ireland 19 France 9: And so to Cardiff, where Ireland have experienced both the best and worst of times in recent years, but can look upon their next visit with renewed optimism now Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are back in business.

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Conor Murray: ‘The guys who came on laid that platform’

Ronan O’Gara served as chaperone when Conor Murray stepped blinking into the white heat of Test rugby on an August night in Bordeaux six years ago and the Munster scrum-half has returned that favour more than a few times since.

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Jared Payne return adds to Joe Schmidt’s options

Joe Schmidt will pore over the performances of Ireland’s provinces before finalising his squad to face Wales on Friday week, and Jared Payne’s comeback from injury will be of particular interest.

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Louise Galvin: Fear is my constant companion

Sweaty palms, tense shoulders, stomach churning, frequent unfulfilling bathroom trips that give a transient relief from the discomfort of a full stomach, until nature calls again in 10 minutes.

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