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# partnership
'It's hard to look away from Gordon for a better centre partner' - Brian O'Driscoll
The ex-Ireland centre discusses what makes a good centre combination.
# centres
Aki, Henshaw, Ringrose and Hume - Farrell spoiled for choice in midfield
The Ireland head coach has a big selection call to confirm in the centres for the Wales clash.
# Midfield
Ulster's thrilling centre combination is an increasingly key weapon
Stuart McCloskey and James Hume have built a strong understanding.
All time
# centres
Henshaw and Aki set for titanic midfield battle against Fickou and Vakatawa
The Leinster man was sharp off the bench against Italy last weekend.
# Options
Ringrose nailed on at 13, so who plays 12? - Ireland's midfield for the Six Nations
Chris Farrell and Stuart McCoskey are also vying for centre places under Andy Farrell.
# cohesion
Henshaw and Ringrose the more tested midfield combo against All Blacks
The All Blacks have plenty of experience but some relatively new combinations.
# centres
'We're fortunate to have quality in that position' - Ireland confident in midfield options
Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, and Chris Farrell are in contention for the Scotland game.
# centres
Aki and Henshaw make impact as Ireland's midfield competition heats up
Joe Schmidt has strong options, with Garry Ringrose and Chris Farrell also in his World Cup squad.
# One Year On
'People have their own opinions. You can't hide from it... I have thick skin'
Bundee Aki made his debut for Ireland last November and has become a vital cog in Joe Schmidt’s machine since.
# Testing times
NCT contract worth €650 million up for grabs for ten years to 2030
Applus, the company which currently operates the test, made €6.5 million in profit last year, down 20% from 2016.
# USA
Man arrested over making bomb threats in his ex-girlfriend's name
The calls were made to Jewish community centres and schools around the US.
# moving parts
Big call for Ireland in midfield as Wallabies look to spoil November series
Joe Schmidt’s side felt their attack wasn’t far away against the All Blacks last weekend.
# centre duo
Another shot for Bowe and more talking points from Ireland's XV for Italy
Keith Earls and Robbie Henshaw partner up in the midfield, while Simon Zebo is retained at fullback.
# centres
'I'm not the biggest bosher' - Payne adding subtle touches to Ireland midfield
The Ulsterman says there is a nice bit of depth in his position within Ireland’s World Cup squad.
# State Care
Foster kids without homes made vulnerable by HSE inspection issues
A new investigation by the Ombudsman for Children has shed light on the situation.
# centres
Schmidt set to pair Henshaw and Payne together again in Ireland's midfield
Meanwhile, Jordi Murphy is likely to be included in the back row for the trip to Italy.
# partnership
Schmidt confident that Payne and Henshaw can impress for Ireland
‘Unless you give opportunity, you’re not going to know,’ says the Kiwi head coach of his midfield pairing.
# Your Say
Poll: Should supervised injecting centres be introduced in Ireland?
The call has been made by people involved in providing services for drug users.
# Options
5 players Schmidt could bring to Argentina in place of Robbie Henshaw
With the Connacht man unfortunately ruled out, Ireland have a free spot in their touring squad.
# Analysis
Analysis: Is Ireland’s midfield combination working?
Joe Schmidt has an important selection call to make at inside centre; physical power or familiarity?
# Analysis
Analysis: Midfield momentum shift guides Leinster home against Castres
O’Driscoll and D’Arcy were second best in the opening half against Castres, but turned things around thereafter.
# medical care
HSE spend on new primary care centres falls
Documents show that the spend went from €17.5m in 2011 to less than €1m so far this year.
# Asylum
State spent €70m on private and state accommodation for asylum seekers
Over 5,100 people are currently being housed in 37 accommodation centres around Ireland.
# GAA Blacks
Summer Tour Diary: Ma'a Nonu's Irish impersonation - "Tanks a million!"
What do you do when you have just won a World Cup? Ma’a went to Japan while Sonny Bill won a heavyweight boxing championship.