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In Pics: Ireland Training At St Gerard’s (2)

In Pics: Ireland Training At St Gerard’s (2)

Click here for photos from the Ireland squad’s training session at St Gerard’s School in Bray, County Wicklow, on Tuesday.

Pictured above: Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll during Tuesday’s session at St Gerard’s. O’Driscoll, who turned 27 last Saturday, will be hoping to lead the men in green to a higher finish in the 2006 RBS 6 Nations than last year’s third place.

Leinster scrum half Guy Easterby gets a backline move going. Easterby, who turns 35 in March, earned the last of his 28 Tests caps as a replacement against Scotland in last year’s 6 Nations Championship.

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Ronan O’Gara at Tuesday’s training session. The Munster fly half is five Test matches short of making his 60th appearance for Ireland. O’Gara scored 60 points in last year’s 6 Nations Championship, missing just seven of his 20 goal attempts.

Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan surveys the action at St Gerard’s. O’Sullivan’s record since taking over from Warren Gatland reads: played 49, won 34, lost 15. During O’Sullivan’s reign, Ireland have won eight of their ten 6 Nations outings at Lansdowne Road, including three wins out of three in both 2002 and 2004.

Munster lock Donncha O’Callaghan claims a lineout throw at St Gerard’s.

Ronan O’Gara controls a dropping ball at St Gerard’s. The Corkman will be itching to face the Azzurri on February 4 – O’Gara has lined out five times against Italy in his international career, scoring 73 points, including a 30-point haul in the 60-13 Dublin win in 2000.

Denis Leamy, Ronan O’Gara, Gordon D’Arcy, Malcolm O’Kelly, Donncha O’Callaghan and Peter Stringer line up at St Gerard’s. All six have been named in the 22-man Ireland squad to play Italy in the RBS 6 Nations opener.

**All photos by Donall Farmer and Lorraine O’Sullivan of Inpho Photography**