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Photos: Ireland and Samoa step up prep for Saturday's test

Both squads had full training sessions today and here are the best pics.

IRELAND AND SAMOA both held full training sessions today in preparation for Saturday’s test game in Dublin, with the hosts at Carton House and the visitors at Blackrock RFC.

Spirits appear high in both camps ahead of what should be a superb clash between the sides ranked seventh and eighth in the IRB’s official rankings. Here are the best photos from this afternoon’s training.

Photos: Ireland and Samoa step up prep for Saturday's test
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  • Brian O'Driscoll was thrilled to be back in action.

    Source: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
  • The Samoan squad trained at Blackrock RFC.

    Source: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Cian Healy hitched a lift to training.

    Source: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
  • Samoa are well prepared for Saturday.

    Source: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Paul O'Connell was also back in training.

    Source: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • Fa'atiga Lemalu finding Ireland a little cold.

    Source: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • He's got skills, our BOD.

    Source: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
  • Taiasina Tuifu'a might have the best haircut of the lot.

    Source: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Jonny Sexton watched on today.

    Source: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • There is a togetherness about this Samoan squad.

    Source: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • Dan Tuohy and Devin Toner get stuck in at the maul.

    Source: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • Stephen Archer and Jack McGrath got busy with scrums

    Source: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • Stephen Betham, the man planning Ireland's downfall

    Source: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan
  • A legend and one of the future?

    Source: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
  • Jamie Heaslip getting some extras in.

    Source: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • But Cian Healy won't be outdone.

    Source: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

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