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In pictures: The Six Nations champions are back in training

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad trained on Lansdowne Road again today ahead of the summer tour to Argentina.

SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONS Ireland returned to training yesterday and today as Joe Schmidt prepares for the summer tour of Argentina.

Paul O'Connell leads the players in a warm-up run  20/5//2014 Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The squad were behind closed doors for a light session after going into a 24-hour mini camp yesterday and stayed in Dublin’s Clyde Court Hotel on Lansdowne Road.

Les Kiss and Joe Schmidt Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Joe Schmidt named his 30-man squad to face the Pumas yesterday, but hopefuls such as Andrew Conway, Ian Madigan, Dave Foley and Craig Gilroy were also among the training group.

Craig Gilroy 20/5//2014 Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Jonathan Sexton touched down from Paris feeling no ill effects from Racing Metro’s defeat to Toulon on Friday, with Schmidt saying:

“He’s in and he’s got a spring in his step. He’s telling me he feels really fresh and ready to go. I’ve no doubt that he’ll benefit from the next two weeks preparation and that’s a bonus for us.”

Jonathan Sexton speaks with Joe Schmidt 20/5//2014 Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Kieran Marmion will be hoping to win his first cap after going on last summer’s tour of North America.

Kieran Marmion 20/5//2014 Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Simon Zebo returns to the fold alongside the uncapped James Cronin to bring the Munster contingent to eight.

James Cronin 20/5//2014 Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Simon Zebo 20/5//2014 Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland

South African-born duo Robbie Diack (below) and Rob Herring are the uncapped members of Ulster’s nine players in the senior squad.

Robbie Diack Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Chris Henry gets another tour to show his worth at openside.

Chris Henry Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Sean O’Brien was a notable omission from the touring party, he watched today’s session with Rob Kearney.

Sean O'Brien Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Schmidt juggling player management and depth chart for Argentina Tests

O’Connell determined to maximise time in ‘exciting’ Ireland setup

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