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Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll has been ruled out of the Six Nations and will be out of action for up to six months as he has decided to undergo surgery on the neck and shoulder injury that has plagued him for almost a year.

Irish's Delon Armitage tackles Bath's Tom Biggs around the neck on Saturday

Armitage's arm and Hape's hand leave Bath bubbling

London Irish 12 Bath 13

Oxx plunges into deeper waters with Born To Sea

The unsparing expectations preceding Born To Sea have been somewhat modified since the coruscating performance of another Irish colt, Camelot, at Doncaster last weekend. Nonetheless, many will be hoping that the three-parts brother to Sea The Stars can pick up the gauntlet when he makes his own second start at Leopardstown tomorrow.

Delon Armitage of London Irish dives over to score a try during the LV=Cup match against Newcastle Falcons at The Madejski

Armitage and Hape shine in Irish win

London Irish 39 Newcastle 23

Ruby Walsh: the Irish jockey faces a 10-day suspension if he re-offends, under the strict, new anti-whip regime

Walsh may steer clear of England after falling foul of new whip rule

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Two goals from captain Barry Middleton helped England get their European title defence off to a winning start with a 4-2 victory over Ireland in Monchengladbach. Middleton's first put England ahead for the first time in the match while his second late in the game relieved the pressure that had been building following John Jermyn's penalty corner goal ten minutes from time.

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