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Rory Best is one of the great players: according to Wales’ Ken Owens

Wales hooker Ken Owens has described Ireland captain Rory Best as “a great player” ahead of Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash in Dublin.

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Ulsters John Cooney has joined the Irish training sessions this week

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Chris Farrell and Garry Ringrose in line for Ireland start

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose could be in contention to face Wales in Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash after replacing the injured Robbie Henshaw in Ireland’s squad.

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WATCH: Ireland captain Rory Best's reaction to Italy claim that the Irish are superior to England

Italian captain Sergio Parisse said he felt Ireland played better rugby than England after losing to both sides in the opening rounds of this year's NatWest 6 Nations Championship.

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Jacob Stockdale runs in for a second try against Italy

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Jacob Stockdale happy to keep paying Joe Schmidt back for keeping faith

Jacob Stockdale continues to pay back Joe Schmidt for keeping faith in him after he scored his sixth international try in six appearances for Ireland.

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Jacob Stockdale goes over for his second Ireland try against Italy

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Sloppy finish does not take gloss of Irish victory: Keith Earls

IRELAND 56 ITALY 19

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Ireland captain Rory Best goes over for a try against Italy in Dublin

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Ireland have too much for Italians in Dublin

IRELAND 56 ITALY 19

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Ireland's Johnny Sexton kicks the winning drop goal

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Ireland have renewed self-belief insists Conor Murray

Ireland’s self-belief will hit new heights after Saturday’s last-gasp triumph over France in Paris, according to Conor Murray.

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A sequence of pictures as outhalf Jonathan Sexton drops a goal which sees Ireland home to a last gasp 15-13 win over France in Paris

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt wants to avoid more late drama

Joe Schmidt has ordered Ireland not to rely on Johnny Sexton to dig them out of trouble again in the NatWest 6 Nations.

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Ireland lost to France in the six nations opener

RUGBY: Ireland women lose Six Nations opener to France

FRANCE 24 IRELAND 0

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Jonathan Sexton kicking a penalty for Ireland against France

SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Ireland snatch dramatic victory in Paris

FRANCE 13 IRELAND 15
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Iain Henderson in action for Ireland

RUGBY: Iain Henderson shuts out highlight reels to thrive with Ireland

Iain Henderson has vowed to ignore "highlights-reel" rugby to realise his full potential with Ireland.
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Ireland captain Rory Best at Wednesday's Nat West 6 Nations Launch in London with the other Union captains

RUGBY: Rory Best expected to extend contract until end of 2019 World Cup

Rory Best expects to finalise a new contract with Ulster and Ireland “in the very near future”.

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Tommy Bowe celebrates after the Lions secure a Test series win over Australia, his right hand still bandaged having fractured it a few weeks earlier

RUGBY FEATURE: I thought it was ‘game over’ but three weeks later I was playing in a Lions Test decider: Tommy Bowe

The pinnacle for any player in the Northern Hemisphere is to be selected for a British & Irish Lions tour.

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Tommy Bowe with Rory Best

RUGBY: Rory Best hails Tommy Bowe as a player and a person

Ulster skipper Rory Best has vowed the squad will aim to see Tommy Bowe finish his final season as a professional on a high.

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Tommy Bowe runs in for one of his many Ulster tries

RUGBY: The final string to Tommy’s ‘Bowe’

Tommy Bowe has been enjoying a new lease of life this season after making the decision to quit professional rugby at the end of May.

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Ireland winger Jacob Stockdale scored two tries in the win over Argentina

INTERNATIONAL RUGBY: Ireland boss Joe Schmidt impressed with two-try Jacob Stockdale

Joe Schmidt revealed his delight at Jacob Stockdale's two-try breakthrough performance as Ireland saw off Argentina 28-19 in Dublin.

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Jacob Stockdale goes over for his first try against Argentina

INTERNATIONAL RUGBY: Try brace from Jacob Stockdale helps Ireland to win over Argentina

IRELAND 28 ARGENTINA 19

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Rory Best and head coach Joe Schmidt

RUGBY: Rory Best insists Irish Rugby is in a stronger place

Skipper Rory Best insists the Ireland squad is in a stronger place now as they look to complete a clean sweep of victories in the November Guinness Test series.

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Ireland's Joey Carberry receives medical attention on the pitch before retiring with a suspected broken arm during Saturday's 23-20 win over Fiji in Dublin

RUGBY REACTION: Ireland's Joey Carbery suffers suspected broken arm against Fiji

Joey Carbery suffered a suspected broken arm in Ireland's edgy 23-20 win over Fiji in Dublin.

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Darren Sweetnan opens the scoring for Ireland against Fiji

RUGBY: : Ireland tested to limit in narrow win over Fiji

IRELAND 23 FIJI 20

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