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Trimble's stronger for Ulster shambles; IRELAND v ITALY TODAY, 2PM.

IRELAND winger Andrew Trimble believes he has emerged from the most challenging period of his career a more resilient character.

For the Ulster contingent of Ireland's World Cup squad the debacle in France was just the beginning of a season that has deteriorated at Ravenhill.

Having returned from Ireland's morale-sapping World Cup campaign, Trimble was plunged into the midst of a crisis.

"There was a massive, massive build-up to the World Cup and in the end it was extremely disappointing," said Trimble. "But the only way to deal with it is to be mentally tough.

"In Belfast, when we went back, we had to just roll up our sleeves and it has been difficult. It's not fun losing week in, week out but hopefully it's built my character a little bit.

"I'd like to think that I got a lot of experience out of it that will help me through similar situations further on in my career."

Italy captain Sergio Parisse insists he is more than ready to assume his new responsibilities, but does admit to being somewhat unsure of what to say to his players.

"I really don't know what I will tell them," Parisse said. "I will come out with what I feel inside of me. I have heard a lot of team talks and many have touched me."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 2, 2008
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