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Selfies and suffering as Ireland squad bounce back into training in Belfast
Here’s how Joe Schmidt’s squad are shaping up nine days out from the Six Nations meeting with Italy.

THE LOSS TO England is now well and truly in the past as today Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad had their first big hit-out since Twickenham at Ulster’s former training base, Newforge, in Belfast.

This week the squad will have turned a small part of their attention to the challenge that awaits them in Paris, but from here on in; the focus from will be Italy and how to beat them (hopefully convincingly).

Here’s how things are shaping up for the Six Nations leaders.

Paul O’Connell looks like his usual self.

Paul O'Connell ©INPHO / Billy Stickland ©INPHO / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

After cramp on Saturday, Brian O’Driscoll had a tailored session…

Brian O'Driscoll alongside Dr. Eanna Falvey ©INPHO / Billy Stickland ©INPHO / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

..But it looks as though he didn’t miss out on much action.

Brian O'Driscoll ©INPHO / Billy Stickland ©INPHO / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

Familiar turf for Rory Best.

Rory Best makes his way out for training ©INPHO / Billy Stickland ©INPHO / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

Stray tractor tyres were not tolerated by Conor Murray.

Conor Murray with Chris Henry and Dave Kearney ©INPHO / Billy Stickland ©INPHO / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

BOD selfie, obvs.

Brian O'Driscoll poses for a picture with a fan ©INPHO / Billy Stickland ©INPHO / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

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Rob Kearney got the kids excited.

Rob Kearney poses for a picture with fans ©INPHO / Billy Stickland ©INPHO / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

Paddy Jackson with the rest of his class.

Paddy Jackson poses for a picture with fans ©INPHO / Billy Stickland ©INPHO / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

Chris Henry takes time out from signing autographs.

Chris Henry poses for a picture with fans ©INPHO / Billy Stickland ©INPHO / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

Selfie City up there.

Paul O'Connell poses for a picture with a fan ©INPHO / Billy Stickland ©INPHO / Billy Stickland / Billy Stickland

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