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Sunday 4 December 2016

All smiles - and selfies - as Irish rugby squad meets fans

Ireland's Jonathon Sexton takes a 'selfie' with a supporter following squad training. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Ireland's Jonathon Sexton takes a 'selfie' with a supporter following squad training. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Ireland's Darren Cave meets 10 month old Ireland supporter Ellie Warren, from Ballymun, following squad training
Ireland's Tommy Bowe signs autographs following squad training
Ireland's Cian Healy takes a 'selfie' with fans following squad training
Ireland's Paul O'Connell meets a young fan following squad training. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Ireland's Conor Murray signs autographs following squad training.
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip meets supporters following squad training

Selfies surely don't come much better than this.

Jonathan Sexton managed to pose for a photo while also signing autographs when the Irish rugby team met with supporters following squad training at the RDS in Ballsbridge yesterday.

It was a welcome chance for the fans to meet their heroes as they prepare for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

The lads looked to be in great form at the session.

It was another picture for the album when Jamie Heaslip (inset) came face to face with one of the team's youngest fans.

He also showed he was a good sport by holding the phone and taking a picture of himself and four young fans for that all important selfie.

It seems that it is a skill that is very much in demand. Cian Healy also showed himself a dab hand at taking selfies.

Meanwhile, Darren Cave was all smiles when he met ten-month-old Ireland supporter Ellie Warren, from Ballymun, following the squad's training session.

There was a particularly warm reception for Munster and Ireland legend Paul O'Connell from the stands.

He recently played his last Ireland game on home soil which ended in defeat against Wales.

He smiled as a massive cardboard picture of himself was held aloft in the audience, and obliged the owner by signing it.

Demand

Keith Earls, Conor Murray and Tommy Bowe were also very much in demand with the crowds who had turned up for one final chance to see their heroes ahead of the World Cup.

Fan's excitement is building with Ireland set to open their campaign by taking on Canada in Cardiff later on this month.

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