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Wales cross Irish Sea brimming with belief in 6 Nations

DUBLIN (AP) There's a sense that Ireland's time is about to end in the Six Nations.

Paul O'Connell has retired, and the departure of the inspirational lock and captain has been compounded by an overflow of injuries, many of them to veterans. Flanker Sean O'Brien and fullback Rob Kearney were the latest to be hamstrung this week.

It means Ireland will start its bid on Sunday for an unprecedented third successive Six Nations title with nine changes from the side over-run by Argentina 43-20 in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals last October.