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Jonathan Sexton used to Ronan O'Gara entrance

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Paul O'Connell believes Keith Earls will be inspired by the birth of his first child when Ireland's RBS 6 Nations opens against Wales on Sunday.

Man jailed for rape after 26 years

A driving instructor was jailed for eight years today after being found guilty of raping a young woman almost 26 years ago.

Organ donations will not hit target

Patients in need of life-saving kidney donations are dying because of a failure by the Government to encourage people to donate their organs when they die, according to the head of a leading charity.

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Irish rely on old guard in Six Nations

The Ireland head coach, Declan Kidney, has named a battle-hardened 24-man squad for the Six Nations game against Wales in Dublin a fortnight on Sunday. No uncapped players made the cut, despite the fact that a number of big names – the centre Brian O'Driscoll, the hooker Jerry Flannery and the back-row forwards David Wallace and Denis Leamy included – missed out because of injury.

John Walsh: Hatchet jobs need witand learning

Sing a song of critics/ pockets full of lye/ four and twenty critics/ hope that you will die,/ hope that you will peter out, / hope that you will fail..." wrote a fuming Ernest Hemingway to a Mr Lee Wilson Dodd who'd given his story collection Men Without Women a bad review.

Khan: Innate sense of rhythmicality

Sultan Khan: Indian vocalist and doyen of the sarangi

Sultan Khan was a hereditary sarangiya – a sarangi player – and one of the preeminent Hindustani or Northern Indian classical soloists of our age. He played one of the most brutish-looking instruments humanity has ever devised. Yet the voices that he coaxed from this squat, bowed, stringed instrument were divine. The instrument's name derives from two words meaning "100 colours", but Sultan Khan proved that the sarangi hid many more than that. Many hold it to be the instrument able to capture the nuances and tonal range of the human voice the most faithfully. Many – Mickey Hart, the Grateful Dead drummer-turned-Smithsonian Folkwayswallah who recorded him included – hold sarangi to be the greatest melody instrument ever devised. And without question, Khan was one of sarangi's all-time virtuosi.

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Paul O'Connel replaces the injured Brian O'Driscoll as captain

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Paul O'Connell will captain Ireland in this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship, the Irish Rugby Football Union has announced.

Indian anti-corruption activist forced to end hunger strike

The 74-year-old Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare cut short a three-day hunger strike yesterday as concerns mounted over his health.

Father jailed for killing toddler

A father who killed his toddler son because he was crying was jailed for nine years today.

'Broker' admits sale of black-market kidneys

A New York man has pleaded guilty to brokering the sale of black-market organs in what prosecutors said was the first US conviction for illegally selling human kidneys for profit.

From doctor to donor: How does a renal consultant feel when he's asked to give up a kidney?

Dr John Scoble has helped thousands of people to decide whether to donate an organ.

Murphy earns Ireland World Cup call-up

Geordan Murphy was today named in Ireland's World Cup squad just 48 hours after being resigned to missing out.

Rugby round-up: Coach Kidney bemoans Ireland's inability to keep the ball

Ireland coach Declan Kidney insisted his team needs to improve after a 19-12 defeat to France on Saturday. The first-half of the World Cup warm-up in Bordeaux was dominated by the hosts, and despite an improved second-half from his team, Kidney refused to be too cheered.

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