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VIDEO: Joe Schmidt’s charges ready to kick on

What better way for Joe Schmidt to reach his World Cup squad conclusions than a full-blooded bout of hand- to-hand rugby combat with the Welsh?

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Focused Paul O’Connell happy to get down to business once again

Paul O’Connell will have too much on his mind today to ponder his place in the Irish rugby pantheon as he makes his home Test farewell at Aviva Stadium. But that will suit the national team captain nicely.

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Munster win but sweat on Saili

Munster 21 London Irish 15: Munster produced a top drawer second-half performance as they put London Irish to the sword in front of an enthusiastic attendance of 5,208.

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Demolition job gives Leo Cullen the perfect start

Leinster 68 Moseley 0: It was a demolition job in Donnybrook last night, as Leinster recorded 10 tries against an overwhelmed Moseley in Leo Cullen’s first home game as head coach of Leinster.

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Final audition will change or reinforce Joe Schmidt’s thinking

Eighty minutes to change or reinforce Joe Schmidt’s thinking. That is all that is left for the Ireland players on duty this weekend to convince the head coach they are worth a place in his 31-man squad for the World Cup, now just three weeks away.

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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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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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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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