Saturday 19 January 2019

Rugby lads talk about graffiti and eating sushi

IRELAND'S rugby stars are gearing up for Sunday's crunch clash with France -- with sushi, rowing and drug tests.

Captain Brian O'Driscoll has revealed that he has been drug tested twice in the last four days. He joked to fans that his regime has been, "Eat, Train, Pee!"

Cian Healy appears less preoccupied with the match than graffiti. "Graffiti -- art or vandalism?" the big front rower mused today.

However, he clarified that he is talking about "proper pieces" by Banksy and Maser and is "not for the whole tagging business".

Tommy Bowe, who won't feature in the game because of injury, said he had undergone a "good rehab" session.

"Plenty of speed work so hopefully knee will feel fine tomorrow," he told fans today.

He also gave an insight into his eating habits, revealing: "JTs later for some sushi! Well ...chicken sushi??!"

His persistent knee injury has forced him out of the Six Nations tie at the Aviva Stadium. The Ospreys wing has been carrying the problem since Christmas and has already missed the tournament opener against Italy.

Another casualty, Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris, has hit the rowing machine as he recovers from injury -- but the France game will come too soon for him.

"Rowing session done at 7.30 this morning. Weights after the training session and then homeward bound," he told supporters.

Amid all the tweets from our rugby heroes, anticipation ahead of the match is building. Ireland coach Declan Kidney told reporters he wants his players to get themselves "right" and "have the courage to go out and play".

"The way the laws of the game are now, if you stand off and try and do damage limitation you're just going to get opened up. You have to have the courage to go and play. And we'll continue to do that."

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