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In pictures: Ireland's Six Nations training begins in Limerick

Bryan Cullen had a role in Ireland’s tournament preparation, come and take a gander.

DECLAN KIDNEY TOOK his squad Shannon-side to put them through their paces, shake off the excesses of a Heineken Cup weekend and make some final tweaks to their new game plan ahead of the upcoming Six Nations.

In pictures: Ireland's Six Nations training begins in Limerick
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  • Ireland's stand-in skipper leads the way to training.

  • Donncha O'Callaghan stuck in the middle.

  • The warm-up is well under way at UL.

  • Stephen Ferris packs down behind Mike Ross.

  • Bryan Cullen helps out Jonathan Sexton.

  • Sean O'Brien and Shane Jennings share a joke in the back row.

  • Declan Kidney and Gert Smal size up the troops.

  • James Coughlan can't hide his delight.

    The Munster back row was a late call up to the squad in place of Leo Cullen.
  • Ronan O'Gara evades a rabid looking Donncha O'Callaghan.

  • Jamie Heasliip rises head and shoulders above Peter O'Mahoney.

  • Rory Best in the thick of it against Tom Court.

  • Gordon D'Arcy providing a silver service for Conor Murray.

  • Jack McGrath provides the obstacle for Stephen Ferris.

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