Billy Vunipola makes a break at the Aviva Stadium. James Crombie/Inpho

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 George Ford and Jonathon Joseph have been  combining superbly for club and country. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Jared Payne and Cian Healy in conversation after a training session at Carton House. Photograph: Alex Connolly/Inpho 3:06

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Leinster’s scrum coach Marco Caputo sees Cian Healy as a unique specimen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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Johnathan Joseph scored twice for England as they beat Italy 47-17 at Twickenham. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sale Sharks’ Danny Cipriani has been called up to Stuart Lancaster’s England training squad for their Six Nations opener against Wales. (Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

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French referee Romain Poite shows Charlie Matthews of Harlequins a yellow card late in the clash against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

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Rhys Ruddock: “If we get a good turnout and the atmosphere is right, I think it will lift us, definitely.” Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

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