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There are certain people I just won't eat in public with anymore. It seems strange to compartmentalise one's friendships like this, especially as an adult. As we grow up, it feels like you should either invite people into your life or not. There should be fewer and fewer instances of friends you "can only take in small doses".

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Ireland coach Declan Kidney expects England to play without trepidation

Ireland coach Declan Kidney believes England's commanding points difference will enable them to approach tomorrow's Grand Slam showdown without trepidation.

England's nemesis given chance to run wild again

If Ben Youngs is right about Ireland's thinking ahead of this weekend's Grand Slam game in Dublin – and all things considered, England's scrum-half discovery has been far more right than wrong since breaking into the starting line-up last summer – the Six Nations champions elect now know precisely what to expect from their most difficult opponents of the tournament. "If they go with Ronan O'Gara at outside-half, we'll know they're planning to play territory," Youngs said this week. "If they go with Jonathan Sexton, we'll know they're ready to run it."

£6.4m for kidney op blunder man

A man who nearly died during an operation to donate a kidney to his father has won £6.74 million High Court damages.

O'Leary an injury doubt as Ireland seek to repay coach's faith

It remains to be seen whether Declan Kidney is suffering from a bad side but as Ireland prepare for the visit of France to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin tomorrow, after the painfully hard job of beating Italy in Rome last Saturday, their head coach does have a pivotal player afflicted with a bad back.

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