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Thursday 16 August 2018

Kidney adds eight players for Scotland

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has bolstered his squad ahead of Sunday's clash with Scotland in Edinburgh by calling up eight players.

The selections join the 22 who were on duty for the defeat by France on February 13, and include backs Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe.

Trimble returned from a broken hand to represent Ulster in their victory over Scarlets on Friday, while Bowe has recovered from a knee injury and lined up for Ospreys in their win against Treviso on Saturday.

The return of Bowe, who turned 27 today, will be particularly welcomed.

Kidney has also called in Denis Hurley and Gavin Duffy to bolster the backs, and added to his forwards by bringing in prop Tony Buckley, second rows Mick O'Driscoll and Donnacha Ryan, and back-rower Rhys Ruddock.



Lievremont in England rant

France coach Marc Lievremont has turned up the heat ahead of this weekend's RBS 6 Nations encounter with England at Twickenham by admitting: "We don't like the English".

Saturday's game will be pivotal in deciding the destiny of the Six Nations crown with both teams boasting 100pc records after two games. The France boss also claims the rest of the countries in the tournament are willing his side to beat the English and deny coach Martin Johnson his Grand Slam bid.

Lievremont said: "We don't like them and it's better to say that than be hypocritical.

"We respect them -- well in my case at least I respect them.

"But you couldn't say we have the slightest thing in common with them.

"We appreciate the Celts and their conviviality and then among all these nations we have one huge thing in common.

"We all don't like the English. We beat Ireland yet left Dublin with the encouragement of all the Irish who said 'for pity's sake, beat the English'."

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