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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# 13

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2022
# convert
Wales 'excited' to see Adams in midfield battle against Aki and Ringrose
The Cardiff man is usually on the wing but moves to 13 for the visit to Dublin.
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# Team news
Munster name Keith Earls at outside centre for first time since 2018
Johann van Graan has made four changes to his team to face the Stormers.
# centres
Henshaw and Aki set for titanic midfield battle against Fickou and Vakatawa
The Leinster man was sharp off the bench against Italy last weekend.
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Analysis: Captaincy adds to Garry Ringrose's ever-growing repertoire
The Leinster man has been excellent in recent weeks and will be key against Saracens.
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Kerry boss Keane allays fears over Clifford's back injury
David Clifford will be fit to line-out against Tyrone, Peter Keane confirmed.
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Turner not distracted by comparisons as Ireland bid for Grand Slam glory
The outside centre is focused on improving his own game, rather than try and be someone else.
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Fit-again Ringrose relishing midfield match-up with 'freakish' Fickou
The Leinster centre is back in the Ireland team after injuring his hamstring against England.
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Ireland U20s prospect Turner looking to learn from Ringrose's example
The Trinity outside centre has impressed in the opening two rounds of the Six Nations.
# spoilt for choice
'He maybe could have played': Henshaw not risked due to Farrell form
Joe Schmidt wasn’t ready to chance Henshaw with ‘Chris Farrell sitting in the wings, massively motivated’.
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Ringrose back as the centre of attention in Ireland's defensive line
The 23-year-old is fully aware of the challenge that awaits as he steps back into the Test arena on Saturday.
# Centre of attention
'When Ringer was being compared to Drico, I remember saying ‘oh God, that poor young fella’'
Keith Earls knows the weight that comes with a 13 jersey for Ireland, but it has become easier to slip new talents into the outside centre channel.
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'I've been talking to Chris for three or four years, he's been a long-term project'
The Munster centre will win his third cap against Wales this weekend.
# Midfield
Chris Farrell has 'his nose in front' for Ireland's 13 shirt - Schmidt
The Munster centre is expected to replace Robbie Henshaw for the clash with Wales.
# MOTM
'He just appeared in front of me and I kind of smirked as I knew I was a goner'
Robbie Henshaw’s take-down of Montpellier’s 130kg winger Nadolo was just one example of Leinster winning ‘the little victories’ on Saturday.
# Injuries
Munster may plunge into transfer market as Erasmus looks for 13 cover
Rassie Erasmus will be without outside centre Francis Saili for up to four months.
# Landmark
Shane Long scored his 100th goal in English football against City today
The 29-year-old now has four goals in his last five games and 13 in total this season.
# outside centre
'Defensively he's been very, very sound for us' - Schmidt on Keith Earls
The Munster man takes over in the 13 shirt for Sunday’s game against Italy.
# Team news
Fitzgerald at 13 as Schmidt brings back Ireland frontliners for Wales
Paul O’Connell, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony and Rob Kearney all return.
# starting XV
Schmidt set to hand Fitzgerald 13 shirt for Ireland's clash with Wales
Nathan White is set for his first start at tighthead, while Dave Kearney is likely to get his chance.
# Pace Merchant
Analysis: Keith Earls looked sharp in Ireland's 13 shirt against Wales
The Munster man made his return to the international game after a break of more than two years.
# Dublin Bus
A Dublin bus has turned away a wheelchair-user...
Caroline O’Leary was turned away from a number 13 bus as a child’s buggy was occupying the wheelchair space on board.
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Analysis: Joseph's X-factor for England a major threat to Ireland
We identify what makes England’s outside centre such a dangerous attacker.
# Touch of Class
Jared Payne increasingly comfortable in Ireland's famous 13 shirt
The New Zealand native tells us about working with Joe Schmidt and playing alongside Robbie Henshaw.
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U20 star Ringrose keeping his head down amidst hype
The 20-year-old Leinster centre is back for his second year of international rugby at this level.
# recommended
Keano, Rio and Pirlo - 13 of the best football books to read this Christmas
In case you’re in need of a last-minute Christmas gift, one of these fine reads should do the trick.
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Robbie Henshaw ruled out - Here's the Connacht team to face Scarlets
Kieran Marmion and Rodney Ah You both return for Saturday evening’s game in the Sportsground.
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'No doubt that he's going to be world class': Muliaina impressed by level-headed Henshaw
Connacht and Ireland back wouldn’t look out of place in Super Rugby, says a man who knows a thing or two.
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Henshaw learning from BOD but standing up for Ireland by himself
The retired Ireland legend has been helping the Connacht man out this month.
# Triskaidekaphobia
'There'll be a lot of traffic': Schmidt outlines the challenges facing Henshaw at 13
The new 13 faces a real test at the Aviva on Saturday.
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Henshaw taking centre stage as Kearney feels his way back to fitness
The Connacht man partnered Gordon D’Arcy in the centre at today’s open training session at the Aviva.
# Pressing Matters
5 questions for Joe Schmidt's Ireland as the November Tests loom
Outside centres, the line-out, new caps, being clinical and the Georgia encounter.
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Henshaw or Payne: Who is Ireland's next outside centre?
Joe Schmidt had positive words about the two players who will battle it out for a midfield spot in November.
# Head Man
It's 'absolutely untrue' that I influence provincial selection - Schmidt
The Ireland head coach refuted the notion that he has told Ulster to pick Jared Payne at outside centre.
# Next in Line?
Bowe setting new PBs, but won't be turned into a centre any time soon
The wing stay the wing.
# Influence
Return of 'quality' Gordon D'Arcy important for O'Connor's Leinster
The 34-year-old played in both centre positions against the Cardiff Blues on Friday night.
# T-Bowe
'I enjoy playing 13' - Tommy Bowe raring to get back in Ireland colours
The 30-year-old has prioritised first-team selection in November, but would be happy to start at outside centre.
# anticipation
Dublin holds its breath as UEFA to confirm 13 Euro 2020 hosts in September
19 countries have put forward one city each to host the new Europe-wide format.
# Midfield
'I don't think I grabbed the shirt' - Darren Cave's Ireland concerns
The 27-year-old Ulster centre feels he could have done more to impress in Argentina in June.
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Ireland's Ringrose among nominees for IRB Junior Player of the Year
The 19-year-old centre has impressed at the Junior World Championships in New Zealand.
# Vacancy
Now or never for Darren Cave as he looks to nail down Ireland's 13 slot
The 27-year-old has a shot at proving to Joe Schmidt that he is a centre of international quality.