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Sexton primed for recall against France as Ireland favour experience

Ireland insists there is a genuine selection battle at fly-half for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with France but the case for Johnny Sexton to start ahead of Paddy Jackson already appears closed.

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O’Driscoll praise puts pep in Ireland hopeful Darren Sweetnam's step

Darren Sweetnam turned up for training at UL this week with an extra bounce in his step. 

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Ireland's RWC bid officials ready to counter France 2023 ’mobilisation’

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup 2023 bid officials are confident they can counter any attempts by rivals France to hijack this Saturday’s Six Nations clash between the two countries at Aviva Stadium.

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Kieran Marmion aware of need to bide his time to get number nine jersey

Kieran Marmion is not about to argue he is a viable alternative to Conor Murray for the Ireland number nine jersey. Not yet at least.

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Rassie Erasmus has many reasons to be cheerful following Guinness PRO12 win

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus described Saturday’s incredible Guinness PRO12 victory over Ospreys as “satisfying”.

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World Cup success missing link for Jamie Heaslip

He is just seven Ireland caps short of a century and has a list of honours many fellow professional rugby players can only dream about, yet a World Cup success with Ireland remains the missing link between Jamie Heaslip and a career fulfilled.

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Johnny Sexton must prove he is ready for France showdown

It will not be the return of Johnny Sexton to full training with Ireland today that will determine whether the fly-half faces France at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday but the way he comes through the sessions at Carton House.

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Raphael Lakafia and Racing pair boost French squad

France have called up Stade Français back-row Raphael Lakafia to replace Damien Chouly ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Ireland.

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Cillian Gallagher to miss clash with France

The Ireland U20s have been dealt a fresh injury blow, as stand-in captain Cillian Gallagher is set to miss out on Friday’s crunch Six Nations encounter with France at Donnybrook.

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Why west remains best for Bandon’s French coach

First, there is no defection. Regis Sonnes, recently appointed Rugby Director with Bandon RFC and a highly-rated coach with Bandon Grammar School, is going nowhere.

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Rassie all smiles as Munster pass big Ospreys challenge

Ospreys 23 - Munster 25: As gritty and resilient away performances go, this was right up there with Munster’s best and bravest. 

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Kieran Marmion ready for Ireland duty says Connacht coach Lam

Connacht 14 - Dragons 9: Connacht coach Pat Lam says Kieran Marmion is fit to make his first start in the Six Nations next Saturday against France if called into action.

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Garry Ringrose ready for call to arms

Friday afternoon in Monaghan RFC and all seems right with the world. The vibe is good and a rare weekend off base awaits. 

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Jacob Stockdale delivering on potential in spades as Ulster claim bonus point

Ulster 37 - Glasgow Warriors 17: Big Jacob Stockdale is delivering on the potential shown during last summer’s Junior World Cup when he produced another scintillating performance as Ulster picked off a bonus-try victory over a weakened Glasgow side at the Kingspan Stadium.

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