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George Best

Six Nations: Mighty Sergio Parisse the man who towers over Italy's

Captaining Italy is a job that demands an ability to man-manage an ever-evolving crisis. More often than not when Italy play, Italy lose and it was John Kirwan, the former All Black great and then Italy coach, who once neatly summed up the end-game for the captain as "invariably dealing with the crisis of defeat". It is a fire -fighting role in the Towering Inferno.

Best refuses to expect the worst as callow Irish face world champions

The Ireland hooker, Rory Best, reached for the balm of understatement when he described his team's opponents today, the All Blacks, as "a quality unit". The team named by New Zealand's new head coach, Steve Hansen, to play at Eden Park in Auckland includes seven men who played in last year's World Cup final. It also includes three debutants and some bloke called Dan Carter at No 10. The world's best fly-half, lest it be forgotten, was absent injured when his team-mates won the world title.

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