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RugbyU: O'Driscoll - Ireland's centre of excellence

Brian O'Driscoll had a largely forgettable year in 2013 and he will hope his final Six Nations campaign will proudly bring down the curtain on the international career of the greatest player to have donned the green shirt. The 35-year-old centre has won three European Cups with Leinster, captained Ireland to only their second Five/Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009 and three other Triple Crowns, has 128 Irish caps and holds the Five/Six Nations try record with 26, having broken a 78-year-old record in March 2011. The many highs have also been countered by many lows.

Rugby-D'Arcy out for remainder of Six Nations

DUBLIN, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy has been ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations championship with a foot injury, adding to a growing casualty list that threatens to derail the country's bid for its first championship in four years. A scan after Ireland's 12-6 defeat by England in Dublin uncovered a stress injury in a bone in the Leinster player's foot, putting him out of action for an estimated six weeks, the Irish Rugby Football Union said in a statement.

RugbyU: Irish woes mount as D'Arcy ruled out of Six Nations

Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy has joined team-mate Simon Zebo in being ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations with a foot injury. Leinster midfielder D'Arcy suffered the problem following a 12-6 defeat by England in Dublin on Sunday that scuppered Irish hopes of a Grand Slam. And an Ireland statement on Friday confirmed that 33-year-old D'Arcy, capped 73 times by his country, would miss the rest of the tournament. "D'Arcy was experiencing some discomfort in his right foot following the game against England," the statement explained.

RugbyU: Ireland unchanged for England

Ireland coach Declan Kidney announced an unchanged side Friday to play England in Sunday's Six Nations international at Dublin's Lansdowne Road. Flanker Peter O'Mahony, who suffered a head knock, and backs Gordon D'Arcy (dead leg) and Keith Earls (shoulder) were all passed fit after suffering injuries during Ireland's tournament-opening 30-22 win over Grand Slam champions Wales in Cardiff last weekend.

Rugby-Ireland name unchanged team to play England

DUBLIN, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Ireland named an unchanged team on Friday to play England in the second round of the Six Nations championship on Sunday after Gordon D'Arcy, Peter O'Mahony and Keith Earls were passed fit to play. Centre D'Arcy, blindside flanker Mahony and replacement back Earls picked up injuries in the 30-22 win over defending champions Wales last Saturday. England, who began their campaign with a 38-18 win over Scotland, have not beaten Ireland in Dublin since 2003, the last time they won the grand slam.

RugbyU: O'Driscoll eager for another crack at England

Ireland great Brian O'Driscoll will be aiming for his eighth successive win over England when the Six Nations Championship title rivals clash at Dublin's Lansdowne Road on Sunday. The veteran centre, who missed the November programme through injury, returned to action with a superb display in Ireland's opening 30-22 win over defending Grand Slam champions Wales last week, creating one try, scoring another and producing several crunching tackles in defence. Now he is relishing another crack at England.

RugbyU: Ireland's D'Arcy and Earls doubtful for England

Ireland are waiting on the fitness of backs Gordon D'Arcy and Keith Earls ahead of their Six Nations international against England in Dublin on Sunday. Experienced centre D'Arcy suffered a dead leg and Earls, his replacement at the Millennium Stadium, a shoulder injury as Ireland opened their Six Nations campaign with a 30-22 victory away to defending Grand Slam champions Wales. "Gordon suffered a nasty dead leg but is recovering better than we expected," Ireland team manager Mick Kearney said Tuesday.
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