Kidney hopes O'Brien's absence will hurt Scots more than Irish

Declan Kidney yesterday said that his Ireland team could benefit from Peter O'Mahony's unexpected participation in this afternoon's Six Nations match against Scotland in Dublin. O'Mahony was promoted to the starting XV after a foot infection ruled the openside flanker Sean O'Brien out of the match at the Aviva Stadium.

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Rosti with Burford Browns and devilled kidneys

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NHS transplant service apologises for giving patients cancer

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Each year in the UK, between 500 and 1,000 people die from kidney failure because of a shortage of organs for transplant. We have tolerated this avoidable loss of life for decades.

A large gap separates the high demand for organs and their scarce supply

'There was someone who needed it...' 60 lives, 30 kidneys, all linked in longest donor chain

Organ donation to stranger starts an amazing series of events across 11 US states

Simon Kelner: How C for Cancer became C for Cautious Optimism

A close friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer last year, and just before Christmas he had a very complicated and lengthy operation to remove his bladder. A little more than two years ago, I had a far less serious operation to excise one of my kidneys after I, too, had been diagnosed with cancer.

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Re-starting the hearts of people who have recently died should be one of the options considered for boosting the number of organ donors, according to a new report.

<b>Paul O’Connell: </b> The captain will be disappointed with the result but can be reasonably happy with his own performance. He did well at line out time and carried strongly. 7/10

Paul O'Connell wants Ireland to learn from mistakes

Paul O'Connell admits Ireland's failings during their RBS 6 Nations opener against Wales offer a blueprint on how to lose to France.

Keith Earls pictured scoring against Wales in the World Cup

Keith Earls returns for Ireland clash with France

Keith Earls has been restored at outside centre for Ireland's RBS 6 Nations clash with France in Paris on Saturday night.

Ireland preparing for France test

Ireland's RBS 6 Nations squad will reconvene tomorrow to prepare for a major character test - tackling tournament favourites France in Paris.

Keith Earls pictured scoring against Wales in the World Cup

Keith Earls ruled out of Ireland clash with Wales

Keith Earls has been ruled out of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations opener against Wales for personal reasons, team manager Michael Kearney has announced this afternoon.

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