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Scotland head coach Andy Robinson saluted his players' hunger to improve after their shock victory over South Africa on Saturday propelled them to their highest world ranking.

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Heineken Cup round-up: Leinster off to racing start but O'Driscoll is hurt

In Pool Two of the Heineken Cup, in Dublin, Leinster beat Racing Métro 92 38-22, collecting a try-scoring bonus point. Worryingly for Ireland, Brian O'Driscoll sustained a hamstring injury. Sean O'Brien, Rob Kearney, Richardt Strauss, Jamie Heaslip and Fergus McFadden scored Leinster's tries and Isa Nacewa kicked two conversions and three penalties. Albert Vulivuli scored Racing's try; Jérôme Fillol kicked a conversion and three penalties and Frans Steyn kicked two penalties.

The 'Man City of the Magners' eager to cash in

Ulster have been labelled the Manchester City of the Magners League but David Humphreys insists that money will not buy the big-spending outfit success.

Peter Bills: Star players are on the verge of burn out

'The magic has even temporarily deserted Brian O'Driscoll'.

Elsom: Wallabies must jump to it

Australia 22 Ireland 15

Irish pay for Heaslip's moment of madness

New Zealand 66 Ireland 28

Red card for Heaslip gives All Blacks the green light

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O'Driscoll hopes to shake off bout of vertigo to hit heights for Irish

An attack of vertigo has hampered Brian O'Driscoll's final preparations for this morning's showdown with New Zealand, but the Ireland captain is confident he will be fit for the game in New Plymouth.

O'Driscoll sees chance to end All Black jinx

Brian O'Driscoll has possibly his last chance to lead Ireland to a win over New Zealand when the teams meet in a one-off Test at New Plymouth tomorrow.

O'Gara to start for Ireland against New Zealand

Ronan O'Gara staved off the challenge of Jonathan Sexton to claim the fly-half spot for Ireland's one-off Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Ireland name O'Connell in summer tour squad

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has been included in a 33-man squad for this summer's tour of Australia and New Zealand despite having been a major doubt with a groin injury.

Jauzion kick-starts juggernaut for Toulouse to crush champions

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