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Sexton: Zebo deserves applause

Johnny Sexton doesn’t think Simon Zebo should be criticised for an error which led to Australia’s first try on Saturday.

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Munster hopeful Earls can return for new year cup games

Munster are holding out hope that Lions winger Keith Earls will be available for their final Champions Cup pool games in the new year, putting him in line for a late run into Ireland’s Six Nations reckoning.

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Players believe they can be greatest ever

A clean sweep from the November Internationals and all looks rosy in the Irish rugby garden.

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Sexton: We’ll remain grounded

As he sat down in Dublin yesterday to reflect on the November series, Johnny Sexton acknowledged the soaring expectation levels that now accompany this Ireland squad.

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Next job: Putting a lid on soaring expectations

NOW that’s what I call a test match. Such was the intensity, endeavour and commitment to keeping the ball alive that the opening half of Saturday’s memorable clash passed in a flash. There were so many moments of brilliance in that period alone, those in the stands barely had time to draw breath.

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Ross rules when push comes to shove

An hour has passed since the last act and yet the beads of sweat still pop off Mike Ross’s temple like popcorn in a microwave.

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Schmidt’s Ireland eyeing more than southern scalps

Ireland 26 Australia 23

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Henshaw filling BOD’s boots with distinction

Dimestore wisdom says it’s better to be talked about than not, but the dwindling levels of chatter about Robbie Henshaw this last few weeks is testament to the seamless manner in which the youngster has slotted in to Joe Schmidt’s midfield.

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Jury is out on our wannabes

One coach ended up in hospital and the other was left with a serious World Cup headache: Ireland’s win against Australia told vastly different stories for two teams trying to prove themselves.

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Courageous Joe ‘recovering well’

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is recuperating from an emergency appendectomy that tempered the enjoyment of his side’s victory over Australia on Saturday.

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Ireland now genuine world Cup contenders

They stand shoulder to shoulder with the All Blacks this morning — win for win, try for try, point for point. Ireland’s golden autumn now promises more, much more than a successful defence of the Six Nations title in the New Year.

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Students snatch dramatic draw

UCD 25 Cork Con 25

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Lansdowne pushed hard by Munsters

Lansdowne 28 Young Munster 21

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Dolphin adrift as Mary’s finish strongly

Dolphin 18 St. Mary’s College 27

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Leinster’s great escape

Guinness Pro12: Treviso 24 Leinster 24

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No sign of hyperbole stocks depleting here

The best 40 minutes rugby we have seen in years upon years

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Paulie promises plenty more to come

Paul O’Connell believes his Ireland side have plenty more to offer head coach Joe Schmidt as they turn into a World Cup year.

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Cheika tells Aussies to toughen up

Michael Cheika has challenged Australia to "harden up" against England at Twickenham on Saturday to dispel any notion the Wallabies are a soft touch.

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Jones says All Blacks 20 minutes ahead of the rest

Wales lock Alun-Wyn Jones believes New Zealand are "probably 20 minutes ahead of everybody else" after signing off in Europe before next year’s world title defence by serving emphatic notice that they remain a class apart.

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Best: Joe an attitude adjuster

Joe Schmidt’s "ruthless" selection policy has forced Ireland to shed mental weaknesses that were costing victories, according to Rory Best.

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