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D'Arcy's defensive chat and 12 more pictures from Ireland's training session today

Pat Lam was there too.
Nov 18th 2014, 2:47 PM 5,341 0

JOE SCHMIDT HAD his squad back out on ‘the paddock’ today after Sunday’s trouncing of Georgia.

With just six days between fixtures, Schmidt is eager to make the most of every on-field opportunity and today’s run out at Carton House in Maynooth is the first of just two full training sessions he can get through before facing Australia.

Here’s how it looked.

Fine day for it

Ireland players make their way to training Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Gordon D’Arcy has a word with defence coach Les Kiss

Read into that what you will, we’re sure Kiss talks to plenty of players during a session.

Gordon D'Arcy and Les Kiss 18/11/2014

Joe’s jokes please Robbie Henshaw

Joe Schmidt and Robbie Henshaw 18/11/2014

Big Rodney and Richardt warming up

Rodney Ah You Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Pat Lam was pitchside to watch his Connacht boys

Pat Lam at today's training session 18/11/2014 Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

He’ll have spotted Darragh Leader hanging out with Tommy Bowe

Tommy Bowe and Darragh Leader 18/11/2014 Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Rory Best looked to be running comfortably

Rory Best 18/11/2014 Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Rory Best 18/11/2014 Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Captain. Leader. Legend.

Paul O'Connell Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Conor Murray warming up after taking the weekend off

Conor Murray Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Conor Murray Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Stuart Olding hoping his impression as a replacement can earn him a starting spot

Stuart Olding Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Paulie speaks, everyone listens

Paul O'Connell speaking to the players today 18/11/2014 Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Quade Cooper happy just ‘holding pads’ as swagger is lost with his starting jersey

Foot injury rules Payne out of Ireland’s clash with Wallabies

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