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Louise Galvin: Fear is my constant companion

Sweaty palms, tense shoulders, stomach churning, frequent unfulfilling bathroom trips that give a transient relief from the discomfort of a full stomach, until nature calls again in 10 minutes.

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It all goes awry for Munster against Scarlets

Munster 21 Scarlets 30: For 40 minutes at Thomond Park last night, Munster played some of their finest rugby of the season and deservedly opened up a 15 point lead over Welsh visitors Scarlets in a truly remarkable Guinness Pro 12 encounter.

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Battle-hardened Irish can win Six Nations war of attrition against France

After the arm-wrestle, grind and brutality of last year’s 10-9 defeat in Paris, Ireland know the only way to avenge that loss to France is to roll up their sleeves and prepare for another intensely physical game of inches in Dublin this evening.

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Nigel Carolan’s troops make it three on the trot as Ireland U20s overcome France

Ireland 27 France 22: Not a performance to shout about, but Ireland’s U20s did just about enough to make it three wins from three in this year’s Six Nations at Donnybrook last night.

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Johnny Sexton won’t be the chief target on French radar, says forwards coach Yannick Bru

Johnny Sexton? Our French friends aren’t all that bothered apparently.

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TV appetite for Six Nations rugby grows and grows

Two weeks since the last round of Six Nations games and Ireland’s annihilation of Italy in Rome all but ensured that the vacuum would be at least partly filled by the sort of big picture debate that is only ever held in the absence of any live distractions.

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Unflappable Donnacha Ryan has plenty mileage left in the tank

Donnacha Ryan is, as is often the case, in jovial form as he parks his considerable frame into what looks like the smallest of chairs at Carton House. Just named in Ireland’s second row for today’s Six Nations battle with France, the conversation is cheery and wide-ranging.

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Dream of Top 14 move still burns brightly for Munster rugby star Simon Zebo

He can’t say exactly when or where it will come to pass but Simon Zebo is definitive about the fact that he will sever his link with Munster at some point before he retires and try his hand with a club in France.

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Joe Schmidt: Recalling Johnny Sexton for France clash is a risk worth taking

Joe Schmidt does not need reminding tomorrow’s Six Nations clash with France is a win or bust affair but it will certainly calm the nerves that he will have Johnny Sexton back in harness to keep Ireland’s championship hopes alive in Dublin.

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Irish trio miss out as IRFU women’s rugby director Anthony Eddy stands by Sevens programme

The women’s programme is the priority according to IRFU women’s rugby director Anthony Eddy as Alison Miller, Sene Naoupu and Hannah Tyrrell were called up for Sevens duty.

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Coach Guy Noves maintains France’s three changes all ‘logical choices’

France coach Guy Noves says the three changes to Les Bleus’ starting line-up for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland are all logical choices.

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Wales forward Ross Moriarty reaps reward for barnstorming effort in Cardiff

Wales forward Ross Moriarty has described his barnstorming performance against England as “the best game I have played.”

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Joey Carbery to make first start at full-back for Leinster

Joey Carbery will make his first start at full-back for Leinster in their Guinness PRO12 visit to Dragons tonight.

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Ian McGeechan claims Dylan Hartley still contender to lead British and Irish Lions

Former British and Irish Lions head coach Ian McGeechan believes Dylan Hartley remains a contender to be captain for this summer’s tour to New Zealand.

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