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Saturday 21 October 2017

Irish spirits high for clash with Scots

the Green Army has arrived.

Thousands of rugby fans invaded the hotels and pubs of Edinburgh ahead of Ireland's ultimate clash.

Supporters lined out for the mouth-watering final day of the Six Nations championship in Edinburgh.

As Paul O'Connell faced into what may be his final Six Nations game today, Brian O'Driscoll was giving a master-class on how to enjoy retirement from rugby's warrior ranks.

O'Driscoll (left) was sending leisurely tweets to his 566,000 followers from the golf course in Portmarnock about how it was "beautiful out here" as he completed 18 holes with sports broadcaster Shane O'Donoghue.

Pressure

However, big Paul was showing no signs of pressure yesterday as he bantered with his team on the Captain's Run at Murrayfield ahead of their meet with Scotland.

The players were in high spirits as they conserved their energy with a game of walking touch rugby.

The Munster legend said the team had put the Welsh defeat behind them and they were relaxed on the day before their showdown with Scotland.

O'Connell, gaining his 101st cap today, conceded his side was wary of Scottish resolve to avoid the wooden spoon this year.

Ireland, Wales and England are all contenders to win the championship, depending on the overall points differences if all three win today.

Fans are also hoping that Ireland's brilliant women's team will continue on winning ways tomorrow and beat Scotland to win the Triple Crown and the championship title. Captain Niamh Briggs is in line to pick up her 50th cap.

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