Australia’s Joe Tomane scores a try against Wales    at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Photograph:  Tim Ireland/PA

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Michael Hooper of Australia is tackled by Sergio Parisse of Italy  at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend.  Photograph:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

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Paul O’Connell at Ireland training in Carton House yesterday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

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Quade Cooper of Australia hands off Dylan Hartley of England at Twickenham earlier this month

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Ireland’s Sean O’Brien in action against Johnny Leota of Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

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 Seán O’Brien scores a try against Samoa. The flanker will have benefitted from his game time on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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Nick Cummins of Australia breaks through to score his team’s second try against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph:  Harry Engels/Getty Images

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 Brian O’Driscoll touches down for his last-minute try. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

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