Kidney expects 'shadow' Ireland team to give all

Declan Kidney has told his team not to keep anything in reserve in the World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at Murrayfield today. "When you play a Test match, there's no holding back," Ireland's head coach said. "You either go for it or you don't. If you operate at 80 or 90 per cent, you increase your chances of picking up a knock."

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Calves' offal salad with gherkins and horseradish

Serves 4 as main course

Greece death fall Briton's body exhumed

The body of a man who died on a Greek island 11 years ago was exhumed today, police said.

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A 17-year-old teenager has sold his kidney for an iPad2.

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Heart transplants have fallen by almost half in ten years and there are now not enough being carried out to maintain surgeons' skills, doctors warn today.

Sloane Crosley: 'As we grow up, there should be fewer instances of friends you can only take in small doses'

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".

Warren Christopher, US negotiator, dies at 85

Former US Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who helped bring peace to Bosnia and negotiated the release of American hostages in Iran, has died in California at age 85.

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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