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In pics: Ireland - and Robbie Henshaw - trained at the home of English football today

Ireland took advantage of St George’s Park’s stunning facilities.

IRELAND GOT WEEK two of their Rugby World Cup campaign under way in the home of English football today, training at the FA’s St George’s Park, where they will be primarily based ahead of this weekend’s game against Romania at Wembley.

The good news for Ireland was that Robbie Henshaw trained after missing the game against Canada with a hamstring injury.

In other good news, the perfectly manicured green carpet in Burton-on-Trent looked absolutely stunning, so there’s no chance of Paul O’Connell doing a Saipan on it and walking out.

But the presence of Robbie Henshaw on the pitch is surely the biggest boost to Irish fans.

Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

And after Saturday’s win, the squad were looking in great spirits.

Conor Murray Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Seriously, there is hardly a single blade of grass out of place on that pitch. Just gorgeous…

A view of training Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

There were a few sore bodies after the opening game against Canada, and Chris Henry had a shiner over his bandaged-up eye.

Chris Henry Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Darren Cave’s “Front Row Union” membership card is in the post.

Mike Ross and Darren Cave Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Good to see the tightheads sticking together.

Nathan White and Tadgh Furlong Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

And after a game on Saturday, there were plenty of bodies to be loosened out.

Jamie Heaslip Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The ominous looking clouds make this shot of Paul O’Connell even better. And again, JUST LOOK AT THAT PITCH!

Paul O'Connell Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

And finally, a (virtual) tenner in the post for correctly identifying the mystery man below.

Cian Healy Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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