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I start by making some calculations to soothe myself. Using the Rail & Sail combo route from London via Holyhead to Dublin takes nine or so hours; to fly between the two cities takes 50 minutes – but a few hours have to be added on for the to-ing, fro-ing and faffing at airports. A one-way rail/sail ticket costs about 30 quid all in – a flight is double that, unless you're very organised or lucky. Even if you're very disorganised, the rail/sail option can be bought just before you travel at no extra cost.

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Gethin Jenkins, the highly influential loose-head prop who has started five of the last six Tests played by the British and Irish Lions and featured in all three Grand Slams secured by Wales in the professional era, returned to full training today and could make the starting line-up for this Saturday's Six Nations meeting with England at the Millennium Stadium. Jenkins missed the victory over Scotland at Murrayfield three days ago because of a calf injury.

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Dion Dublin labels Aston Villa season 'absolutely woeful' and says players must take responsibility

Paul Lambert's side are in real danger of being relegated

Ireland prop Cian Healy

Six Nations officials 'concerned' as Leinster plan to flout Cian Healy ban

Ireland prop is officially available this weekend, but selection would flout spirit of his stamping ban

England's prop Dan Cole goes head to head with Ireland's lock Donnacha Ryan (2nd R) after the incident involving Cian Healy

Six Nations: Three-week ban for Cian Healy after stamp on Dan Cole

Ireland's Cian Healy punished for incident during defeat to England

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Six Nations: Ireland's Simon Zebo faces 10 weeks on the sidelines with broken foot

Zebo injured during defeat to England

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