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In pics: D'Arcy's beard trains with Irish squad in glorious Maynooth sunshine

Brian O’Driscoll enjoyed his third last Irish training run while Rhys Ruddock posed for a snap with Coach Joe.

IRELAND TRAINED UNDER blue skies at Carton House, Maynooth this morning ahead of this weekend’s Six Nations clash with France in Paris.

Gordon D’Arcy’s impressive beard stood up to the heat of an intense training session and both Peter O’Mahony and Cian Healy proved their fitness to the Irish coaching staff. Here are some of the best pictures from today’s run-out in Kildare.

Gordon D'Arcy 11/3/2014 Here comes the beard. Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Paul O'Connell speaks with Joe Schmidt Joe Schmidt chats with captain Paul O'Connell. Source: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Devin Toner signs autographs for young supporters 11/3/2014 Signing autgraphs will be a work-out in itself for 6' 10" Devin Toner. Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Simon Zebo 11/3/2014 Simon Zebo gets the jump on Donnacha Ryan. Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Rob Kearney signs autographs for young supporters 11/3/2014 Rob Kearney was happy to sign some autographs. Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

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Brian O'Driscoll 11/3/2014 BOD leads the stretches. Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Peter O'Mahony 11/3/2014 Peter O'Mahony making some young Irish fan's day. Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Jonathan Sexton signs a autograph for a young supporter 11/3/2014 Jonny Sexton takes this autographing business seriously. Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Paddy Jackson and Iain Henderson 11/3/2014 Ulster's little and large: Paddy Jackson and Iain Henderson. Source: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Rhys Ruddock and Joe Schmidt 11/3/2014 Tall Irish rugby fan poses for a picture with Joe Schmidt. Wait... that's Rhys Ruddock. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

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