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Ireland face sweat over fitness worries

Brian O'Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton missed training yesterday but Ireland remain hopeful they will be passed fit for the climax to the Guinness Series against New Zealand.

O'Driscoll and Sexton are struggling with respective calf and hamstring problems and are rated doubtful for Sunday's Aviva Stadium showdown with the All Blacks.

Forwards coach John Plumtree insists time is on the duo's side as they seek to recover for Ireland's final match of the year.

"It's hard to say if they'll be available. The nice thing is that we've got a long turnaround this week," Plumtree said.

"It's only Wednesday, so they've got a day off on Thursday and then come in on Friday.

"We've got that extra day which is great and hopefully by the time they come in on Friday they'll be feeling a lot better."

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