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Ireland won’t hold back against Wales, insists Conor Murray

Conor Murray may have reached the point where his inclusion in an Ireland World Cup squad is a nigh-on certaint,y but that will not prevent the scrum-half from believing he still has an opportunity to impress against Wales tomorrow at the Aviva Stadium.

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Brian Walsh hails model professional Francis Saili

Assistant coach Brian Walsh will be looking for new signing Francis Saili to bring an extra dimension to Munster’s play in tonight’s final pre-season friendly against London Irish at Musgrave Park (7pm).

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Warren Gatland: Wales have remained wary with George North

George North returns to rugby’s international stage tomorrow afternoon with Wales coach Warren Gatland underlining that player welfare will always be paramount.

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Spence family ‘honoured’ as Nevin remembered

The late Nevin Spence’s family said that they were humbly honoured to have a state-of-the-art educational centre named after him at the revamped Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

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Stuart Lancaster sheds tears over squad selection

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has admitted to shedding tears over the selection of his 31-man World Cup squad.

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Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble on the wings for Ulster friendly

Ireland international wingers Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble start for Ulster in the pre-season game against Edinburgh at Goldenacre tonight (6:30).

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Johne Murphy leaves pro ranks to focus on home front

At the relatively tender age of 30, Johne Murphy has called a halt on a professional rugby career that reaped great rewards, but he will remain within the sport to hone the skills of up-and-coming players.

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Tom Court judges it to perfection in London

When 34-year-old Tom Court considers how much time he might have left as a professional rugby player, he looks no further than former Irish international Peter Stringer for inspiration.

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Experts ensure Ireland have the stomach for the World Cup

The IRFU has enlisted the aid of a cutting-edge healthcare company based in Cork to ensure its players are in top physical shape for next month’s World Cup.

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Stuart Lancaster goes without Danny Cipriani

England head coach Stuart Lancaster will stand or fall on the decision to drop Danny Cipriani from his final squad of 31 for the World Cup, which will be announced today.

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Ireland ready to rule world, says Jake White

The man who guided South Africa to World Cup glory believes Ireland are ready to lift the Webb Ellis Cup this time round.

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Bakkies Botha urges Paul O’Connell to relax at Toulon

Bakkies Botha has told Paul O’Connell his move to Toulon could extend the Ireland captain’s career by up to four years — if he relaxes and learns to enjoy his time in France.

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Les Kiss: World Cup squad places are still ‘open’

Les Kiss insists the Ireland team management remains “very open” to players elbowing their way into the final panel of 31 for the Rugby World Cup when the side faces Wales in the third warm-up Test – and last before the squad deadline – this Saturday.

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Robbie Henshaw ready to step it up

Robbie Henshaw can sense the heightened tensions.

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Players know they must cut out defensive lapses, declares Les Kiss

Three weeks ago, the chief question being asked of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland ahead of the World Cup was whether they could inject some zing into what has been a solid rather than spectacular attacking game this last two seasons.

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Brian Walsh expects Munster to click against London Irish as Pro12 looms

Munster assistant coach Brian Walsh hopes his charges will learn — and quickly — from the lessons of two successive pre-season defeats to Grenoble and Connacht.

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England may yet turn to Dylan Hartley

England forwards coach Graham Rowntree has been in regular contact with Dylan Hartley to ensure he would be ready if needed during the World Cup.

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Mental toughness the key for Wales, says Jonathan Davies

Jonathan Davies believes mental toughness must be prominent in Wales’ armoury if they are to emerge from the so-called World Cup pool of death.

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