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Sean O’Brien closing on return as Ireland get back to business

Sean O’Brien took an encouraging step closer to an Ireland return yesterday as Joe Schmidt’s squad began their final preparations for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations showdown in France.

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Coaching looks a natural progression for Paul O'Connell

Paul O’Connell may be in two minds about the prospect of a career in coaching, but there are no doubts among his former team-mates as to whether the former Munster and Ireland captain has what it takes to succeed on the far side of the tramlines. 

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Paul O’Connell was always one tough Cookie

It was 1995 when a certain “tall, gangly looking fella with a red head of hair” arrived at Young Munster for the first time.

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No fairytale ending for Paul O'Connell as Toulon left reeling

Shock was the overriding emotion on the Cote d’Azur as Paul O’Connell announced his immediate retirement from the sport he has graced so magnificently over the last 14 years.

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Les Kiss: Paul O’Connell probably the greatest I’ve ever worked with

Former Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss last night described Paul O’Connell as an icon whose retirement is “a sad day for rugby.” 

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Paul O'Connell: Career Timeline

2001

August 17:

Munster competitive senior debut, Celtic League v Edinburgh, Myreside September 29 - Heineken Cup debut v Castres, Thomond Park

 

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Jared Payne is enjoying centre stage

No fuss, no fanfare.

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One opponent Paul O'Connell could not overcome

Paul O’Connell’s retirement announcement identified the injury he suffered against France in the Rugby World Cup as the key factor in his decision.

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Classy Clongowes cruise into Schools’ Cup semis

Clongowes Wood College 27 CBC Monkstown 5: Clongowes Wood College registered three tries at Donnybrook yesterday afternoon, as the clinical Clane side finished with 22 points to spare over CBC Monkstown in the quarter-final of the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools’ Senior Cup.

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A man who made memories that will be cherished for a lifetime

Everyone who had the privilege to interact with Paul O’Connell during his glittering 14-season playing career has a story to tell about the rugby forward who yesterday left the game having made an indelible mark on it as an icon, totem and legend. And each of those personal recollections touch on something very different from the heroic status we have correctly conferred on the man.

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Our Facebook readers share their tributes to Paul O'Connell

Irish rugby legend Paul O'Connell announced his retirement from rugby today and tributes have been flooding in.

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Time running out for Keith Earls as battle with France nears

Keith Earls will undergo the latest stage of his return to play protocols today but Ireland’s tight RBS 6 Nations schedule could mean him missing out on a seventh consecutive start for Joe Schmidt this weekend.

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Connacht’s Jack Carty KO’d by freak spleen injury

A much-needed respite from rugby has turned into a nightmare for Connacht’s Jack Carty, who has undergone surgery in Dubai to remove his spleen.

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Ireland must keep it clean or pay the penalty, warns Joe Schmidt

The sight of Jules Plisson blasting over a game-winning penalty from long-range for France against Italy at Stade de France last Saturday left an impression on Joe Schmidt that he will be sure to pass on to his players as Ireland prepare for their own trip to Paris this weekend.

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Tributes to Paul O'Connell from the stars who played with and against him

The men who fought alongside and against Paul O'Connell have their say on the big man.

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St Michael’s march on to semi-finals as Jack Kelly rips Terenure College apart

St Michael’s College 29 Terenure College 14: Full-back Jack Kelly was in superb form at Donnybrook yesterday as St Michael’s College sent out a major statement of intent against Terenure College in the first quarter-final of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup.

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Resurgent Billy Vunipola feeling the Jones effect

England No 8 Billy Vunipola is flourishing after feeling the love of head coach Eddie Jones.

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Guy Noves: France will improve after ‘starting from the bottom’

France head coach Guy Noves will seek considerable improvements from his new team’s opening RBS 6 Nations win over Italy as he prepares for this Saturday’s visit of defending champions Ireland.

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Mike Ross is ready for Ireland recall, says Girvan Dempsey

Ireland international Mike Ross trained with Leinster yesterday and could be called upon by Joe Schmidt for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with France.

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CJ Stander performance one of the truly great Test debuts in Irish rugby

CJ Stander’s performance? It had nothing on his rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann, apparently.

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Ireland hit the ground running

Ireland 21 Wales 3: Ireland coach Tom Tierney had plenty of reason to smile at Donnybrook on Saturday afternoon.

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WATCH: Warren Gatland ‘not satisfied’ with share of spoils

Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted he was ‘not satisfied’ with yesterday’s draw at the Aviva Stadium.

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Let’s keep some perspective on Ireland performances

At least that’s Argentina put to bed.

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Mike Ross and Cian Healy nearing return

Ireland are confident both Sean O’Brien and Rob Kearney will be fit to face France next Saturday, and management could be set to receive a further boost with a possible return to action for frontline props Mike Ross and Cian Healy.

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Glass half full for battling Ireland

Ireland 16 Wales 16: Denied the joy of a victory, there was still plenty of satisfaction in Joe Schmidt’s words as he assessed an absorbing draw that left opposite number Warren Gatland considerably less enthused.

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Kieran McGeeney relaxed but Laois raise pressure on Armagh

Armagh 0-15 Laois 1-13: Kieran McGeeney presented himself as a ‘glass half full’ type of guy after watching Armagh fall to a league defeat which leaves them facing a difficult spring.

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Mental strength key to Na Piarsaigh victory, says Shane O’Neill

Na Piarsaigh’s Shane O’Neill admitted to concerns about the way Oulart seized the initiative in Saturday night’s game, paying tribute to the Wexford men’s mental strength.

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Louis Picamoles set to miss rest of Six Nations campaign

France 23 Italy 21: France could be without No. 8 Louis Picamoles for the rest of the Six Nations after he pulled a hamstring playing against Italy in Paris.

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Eddie Jones: Now let’s give Italy a hiding

Scotland 9 England 15: Eddie Jones has urged England to build momentum behind their RBS 6 Nations quest by giving Italy a “good hiding” in Rome.

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Junior rugby: Richmond suffer setback

Bottom side St. Mary’s put a big dent in Richmond’s Division 1 League ambitions, when a last minute converted try saw the Limerick derby finish all square 14-14.

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Peter Jackson: Kissing goodbye to Grand Slam riches

Of all the implausible scenarios for the opening round, nobody mentioned the one that came to pass, that only two contenders would still be standing for the Grand Slam.

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Cork Con maul way to big win over Ballynahinch

Cork Constitution brought Ballynahinch’s two-match winning run to a shuddering halt by hammering the hosts 38-3 at Ballymacarn Park in this Ulster Bank League Division 1A clash.

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Greystones fightback frustrates Highfield

Highfield 13 Greystones 14: This was an opportunity missed for Highfield, caught napping seven minutes into injury-time of a hard-fought Division 2B League clash at Mahon on Saturday.

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