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Ireland feeling heat from Scots

As if the pressure of facing the world champions was not enough, Scotland turned the heat up on Ireland by beating Australia the other night, a victory which should see them move back into the top 10 in the world rankings from 12th when the IRB release the new standings on Monday.

Ireland are clinging to eighth, as low as they can afford to go ahead of the World Cup 2015 draw in December, but the Scots, with Tests against Fiji and Samoa to come, now have their sights set on supplanting the Irish.

McCaw proves real hit with the ladies

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has been voted New Zealand's sexiest man in a poll conducted among the nation's female population, pipping team-mates Sonny Bill Williams and Dan Carter. However, Williams has been shown to have the greatest all-round appeal, voted sexiest man by New Zealand's gay community.

Irish Independent