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Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign

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Schumann toasts success

Britain were in equal fifth place in the Admiral's Cup yesterday in Christchurch Bay as another spate of protests was keeping the international jury busy here last night.

Devolution White Paper: The ladies who eat scones would like a bit more say

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No-headache sherry gives competitors a hangover

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Santa Claus denies illegal entry

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Hard school's qualified failures

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