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In pics: Paul O'Connell and the Ireland squad trained at the Aviva today

We’ve rounded up the best photos from the open session in Dublin.

PAUL O’CONNELL AND the Ireland players not involved in this evening’s Wolfhounds clash with the Saxons in Cork took to the Aviva Stadium earlier today for an open training session, much to the delight of scores of supporters.

We’ve rounded up the best photos from the session for those who weren’t there.

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Simon Zebo and Robbie Henshaw looked in good form on arrival

Simon Zebo and Robbie Henshaw Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Johnny Sexton’s recovery from concussion issues is ongoing

Jonathan Sexton Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The sight of Conor Murray in action was welcome [that's Cian Romaine of the Ireland U20s on the deck]

Conor Murray Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Joe Schmidt oversaw proceedings as always

Joe Schmidt Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

And the demands were as intense as ever

Joe Schmidt Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Rory Best threw a few accurate darts

Rory Best throws to Tommy O'Donnell during line-out practice Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Devin Toner during line-out practice Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

As the eager supporters watched on

Ireland supporters at the open training session Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Ireland supporters at the open training session Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Ireland supporters at the open training session Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Tommy O’Donnell got up close and personal to sign autographs

Tommy O'Donnell with Ireland supporters Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

As did James Cronin

James Cronin with Ireland supporters Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Paulie was as popular as ever

Paul O'Connell with Ireland supporters Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

While Cian Healy’s presence was good to see

Cian Healy Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The selfie sticks were out for Zeebs

Simon Zebo takes a selfie with twins Rachel and Rebecca Mernagh Source: Clive O'Donohoe/INPHO

But attention turns to the Wolfhounds tonight

Ireland team training in the Aviva Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Meanwhile, the IRFU have confirmed the kick-off times and ticket prices for their two home World Cup warm-up fixtures in the summer.

Joe Schmidt’s men will host Scotland on Saturday 15 August at 17.00, before welcoming Wales to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 29 August for a 14.30 kick off.

Ticket prices start at €10 for schoolboys/schoolgirls and range up to €75 for premium level. More information is available on the IRFU’s official website.

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