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Down enjoy work-out at London Irish ahead of final

The cross-fertilisation between gaelic football and rugby is slowly but surely gathering more momentum.

While former Donegal boss Jim McGuinness was deploying his motivational rhetoric with Saracens in advance of their week-end European Cup meeting with Clermont Auverge in St-Etienne, Down were taking stock of a brief training camp at the headquarters of London Irish.

Jim McCorry and his players have just returned from there having further honed their strategy for Sunday's Division Two final against Roscommon.

"It was a very good exercise all-round and the boys are now straining at the leash to get into action at Croke Park," said Down county board spokesman Paul Rooney.

Meanwhile, there is a call for the introduction of a back-door system in the Ulster Minor Football Championship, already in operation in Munster and Leinster.

There, the beaten provincial finalists are allowed back into the Championship at the quarter-final stage, joining the provincial winners.

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