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Murphy ups ante with team-mate

Geordan Murphy and Martin Castrogiovanni have been exchanging insults as the countdown to Ireland's crucial World Cup clash with Italy continues.

The Leicester team-mates own a restaurant together and with Sunday's showdown at Otago Stadium looming large, the two have been in close contact.

"If you look at the shape of both of us, I tend to drink a lot of water and he tends to eat a lot of the food," said Murphy. "He's a good mate of mine, he's a fantastic prop and he's a different character off the field to what he is on it. He's certainly one of Italy's key players."

He added: "He's been texting me. The closer the game gets, I'm receiving more and more text messages from him.

"He swears a lot at me in Italian and he's trying to teach me all the bad words. I'm not going to repeat them."

Castrogiovanni is known as one of the most destructive scrummagers in the game, but Murphy has devised a plan that will see Ireland nullify his threat.

"I'm big into my scrummaging, so I'll definitely be telling my forwards about how to scrummage him!" he said.

"I'm thinking of leaving some baskets of chips in the corners of the changing room for him. That should do it.

"The amount he eats, it should distract him quite nicely."


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