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Freddie Burns has struggled to return to form

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The heart bleeds for the London Welsh playing squad. They have been kicked from pillar to post by events beyond their control and here, when off-field circumstances demanded that they come away with as many Aviva Premiership points as possible, they were denied by the misfiring Freddie Burns.

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Brian O'Driscoll will learn tomorrow whether he will face disciplinary proceedings for his stamp on Simone Favaro in Ireland's 22-15 defeat by Italy in Rome.

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England take on Wales this weekend in a title decider

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Ireland fly-half suffering from foot injury

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Ronan O'Gara has been left out of Ireland's extended 32-man squad for next weekend's Six Nations game with France.

Maynard was widely tipped to graduate to the England team

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£29m facelift for Northern Ireland's Windsor Park

The Irish Football Association has received planning permission to redevelop Windsor Park at a total cost of £29.2m.

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