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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Captain's run

Last year
# Allez les Verts
Sexton still has presence in Paris as Ireland get set for 'Fight Club'
Ireland feel better prepared to take on France in Paris than the last time they visited in 2020.
All time
# production line
Ireland's XV includes 12 players who came through the Leinster academy
The three other starters are natives of New Zealand.
# Captain's run
Former Blackrock winger Artemyev to captain Russia at Rugby World Cup
Artemyev is one of eight survivors from the country’s debut World Cup appearance eight years ago.
# respects
Ireland rugby team share 'heartfelt sympathies' with Christchurch after shootings
Wales also passed on their respects to everyone affected by the events in New Zealand.
# Concern
Sean Cronin sits out Ireland's captain's run ahead of third Wallabies Test
The Leinster hooker was named in Ireland’s number two shirt for the clash in Sydney.
# Captain's run
Best allays concern over Sexton fitness, plans an unhappy 100th for Gatland
The out-half needed some physio attention at the Aviva Stadium today, but returned to finish out the session, according to the captain.
# New kid on the block
'Cian Healy produced a picture from 2009 when Jordan was one of the mascots'
Ireland captain Rory Best has been impressed by Jordan Larmour’s impact on the squad.
# Captain's run
'There's huge motivation from having so many people writing you off'
Dundalk skipper Stephen O’Donnell says the champions are driven by doubts from their detractors.
# Incumbent
'He's a leader now': Jackson presence a seamless transition for Ireland
The Ulster number 10 played more Test minutes than Sexton last year despite sitting out the Six Nations.
# blood ties
Australia captain demands 'best game of the tour' against land of his father
Stephen Moore has had a busy week catching up with his long lost cousins.
# Captain's run
Natural leader O'Mahony utterly unfazed with captaincy
Ahead of his third time leading Ireland, the Corkman wasn’t about to get soppy over the honour.
# Captain's run
Best driving Ireland squad to enjoy the build-up, and get out of rucks clean
Entering the third of four internationals refereed by Jerome Garces, the new Ireland captain has a clear message at the breakdown.
# Captain's run
Bernard Brogan has been named Irish International Rules captain
The three-time All-Ireland winner will lead the side out on 21 November.
# payne game
'Tough to lose one of the family': Ireland squad feel for Payne but must move on instantly
Injury to the Ulster man made for a funereal atmosphere immediately after today’s Captain’s Run in Cardiff.
# Say Cheese
9 of our favourite images from another busy week of sport
All the action from a different angle.
# Captain's run
In pics: Keats kicks into gear as Ireland get a feel for Stadio Olimpico
Ian Keatley looks to be in decent goal-kicking form.
# Captain's run
Snapshot: Craddock and Ireland tuning up for Kazakh clash
Ireland’s tighthead prop is a ‘piano mover’ and a guitar player.
# Captain's run
'There's no reason Ireland can't go far at the World Cup' - Ireland's William Porterfield
The boys in green have managed it before and can do so again says the Warwickshire player.
# Captain's run
Snapshot: Armed soldier doesn't fancy tangling with Big Devin Toner
It’s kinda like the scene with the water in Jurassic Park.
# In Pictures
Hanrahan put through his paces as O'Donnell tries out the subs' bench in Marseille
Rob Penney’s men went through a gentle captain’s run ahead of Sunday’s semi final with Toulon.
# Captain's run
Snapshot: Brian O'Driscoll 'milks' the applause after leaving team waiting on squad photo
‘We were just cold, waiting on him to get out there’, joked Jamie Heaslip.
Guinness Series: Gordon D'Arcy on Ireland's self-belief and tracking Simon Zebo with GPS
The Wexford man is back in the centre for Ireland after missing the Waikato wipeout.
# Captain's run
O'Connell set to assume Irish captaincy as he clears another fitness hurdle
Declan Fitzpatrick is back in Belfast, meaning Michael Bent is in line for matchday 23 inclusion.
# believe
Preview: 'Controlled abandon' the latest plot to overthrow mighty All Blacks
No more dice rolling for Irish coach Declan Kidney but most supporters would not be averse to a game of stuck in the mud against New Zealand.
# Respect
Summer Tour Diary: Restart for Christchurch as Ireland talk up second chances
A tour of the earthquake-hit city puts things into perspective for Kevin McLaughlin and his teammates ahead of All Blacks battle.
# Captain's run
'I certainly feel I'll be around for a little time yet' - could O'Driscoll line out at the next World Cup?
Absent Ireland skipper is recovering from shoulder surgery.
# Captain's run
Keane a doubt following training ground knock
Trap may have to plan without skipper Robbie Keane after the final session at Gannon Park before departure for Skopje this afternoon.
# Captain's run
I'm ready: Keane fighting fit for Macedonia test
Dubliner will become most-capped Ireland captain when he leads out home side at the Aviva Stadium tonight.