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Six Nations: Ireland squad warned off Twitter

By Niall Crozier

Ireland's Six Nations rugby battlers have been warned off the social networking chat site Twitter ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Wales in Cardiff.

The squad have been instructed not to ‘tweet’ this weekend after becoming embroiled in a series of childish spats with the general public following the narrow win against Scotland a fortnight ago.

“The squad has agreed not to tweet around match time,” confirmed Irish team manager Paul McNaughton.

“We haven't banned tweeting generally, but around match time the squad have agreed to extend the period of time when there will be no tweeting.

“We don't see it as a big issue, but there was a lot made of some of the correspondence between some of the players and some of their followers.”

Ireland have also insisted that they will request that the roof of the Millennium stadium remain open for tomorrow's match, despite Welsh coach Warren Gatland's insistence that he would prefer it to be closed.

“Rugby is an outdoor sport,” insisted McNaughton.

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