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The best pictures from Ireland’s final training run on home soil

Joe Schmidt was able to run two Irish XVs against each other as he perfects a game-plan to take France down.

THE SUNSHINE SMILES from Tuesday were replaced with steely glances, this morning, in the Carton House fog. Ireland are currently en-route to France but found time for a final, intense training session on home soil.

Here are the best pictures from Ireland’s Thursday training session ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations decider in Paris.

Donnacha Ryan and Peter O'Mahony compete for a high ball

Richardt Strauss studies Sean Cronin's throw.

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Mike Ross and Cian Healy

One can only hope that Brian O'Driscoll (centre) was asked to carry Eoin Reddan.

Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy

The midfield dream team - BOD and D'Arce.

Mike Ross and Joe Schmidt

Joe Schmidt cracks a wide smile.

Conor Murray

Conor Murray spins a pass.

Ian Madigan

Ian Madigan has been named on the Ireland bench.

Paul O'Connell

Lovely ball presentation by Paul O'Connell.

Peter O'Mahony

Peter O'Mahony about to get his paws on line-out ball.

Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan

Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan were called in for the training run.

Brian O'Driscoll shares a joke with RTE's Michael Corcoran

O'Driscoll jokes with radio presenter Michael Corcoran.

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

General view of the Irish team training in fog

Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Schmidt demanding Ireland grasp opportunity in biggest game of his career

O’Mahony returns to Ireland line-up as Madigan handed place on the bench

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