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O'Connell to build on club success

Lock Paul O'Connell insists Ireland will feed off their provinces' success in Europe throughout the RBS 6 Nations.

For the first time Leinster, Munster and Ulster have all reached the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup with Irish representation in the last four guaranteed.

O'Connell has revealed Ireland, who open their Six Nations campaign against Wales on Sunday week, are keen to transfer that progress into the Test arena, and said: "The provinces winning certainly gives the national team a lift."

He added: "We'll have a group of guys coming in from three teams who have been doing things differently yet have been successful.

"You bring in three different types of experience into a squad and that's a good thing.

"We've been used to winning games away from home and winning pressure games, figuring out ways to get the result.

"All of that combines and should be good for the Ireland team.

"It certainly puts a spring in your step and you can see the effect the successful campaigns have had on the atmosphere around the squad.

"It's been good that most of us have been able to move away from that disappointing performances in the World Cup quarter-final against Wales and put a campaign together.

"It gets that performance out of the system for a lot of us."

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