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  • 03 Apr
    Joe Schmidt has insisted Garry Ringroses Test debut will not automatically usher in a brand-new Ireland centre pairing dynasty with Robbie Henshaw.Prodigiously-talented Leinster centre Ringrose will make his keenly-anticipated Test bow in Saturdays Aviva Stadium clash with Canada in Dublin. The 21-year-old will be among eight potential new caps amid an entirely fresh starting XV - but head coach Schmidt has moved to dampen expectation around the fleet-footed outside centre.Leinster powerhouse Henshaw and the defensive captain Jared Payne remain Irelands first-choice centre pairing, and can be expected to be restored for the rematch with New Zealand in Dublin on Saturday week.In the end Robbie and Garry (Henshaw and Ringrose) have played together four times for Leinster, said Schmidt, when quizzed over the mouthwatering potential future double act.So to say theyre a combination, I think theyre developing as such, but whether thats sufficient... there almost has to be an intuitiveness.Ringrose will partner Ulsters Luke Marshall in Saturdays Canada clash, as Ireland look to draw a line under last weekends historic victory over New Zealand. Ireland ended a 111-year wait for a maiden victory over the All Blacks, triumphing 40-29 amid joyous scenes at Chicagos Soldier Field. Schmidt has selected an entirely fresh starting line-up to face Canada, with Ringrose, lock Billy Holland and Jack ODonoghue all making their Test debuts.The uncapped quintet of Hooker James Tracy, prop John Ryan, flanker Dan Leavy, scrum-half Luke McGrath and wing Niyi Adelokun are all primed to enter the fray off the bench.Schmidt hailed Ringrose as a natural player capable of scything through top-level defences but is determined not to heap too much too soon on a star capable of carving out a significant Test career.Irelands 51-year-old boss insisted it will take time for new Leinster team-mates Ringrose and Henshaw to build the kind of telepathic relationship so enjoyed by former record-breaking centre double act Gordon DArcy and Brian ODriscoll.We assess as we go on, and I think Robbie was fantastic last week, but looking back at Jareds game he made a couple of very telling contributions as well, said Schmidt of Henshaw and Paynes performances against New Zealand.And those two know each other really well. You dont get a lot of time to communicate in those channels, I think its one of the fantastic things when I walked into Leinster there was Gordon DArcy and Brian ODriscoll, they didnt really have a lot to say to each other on the pitch.They just knew by the body language which way the guy was going. And you get such little time that if you can avoid the need for that communication I think youre better off. So thats something that potentially going forward is a really positive thing.Whether its soon enough, I think one of the things well see how Luke and Garry knit together first and foremost. We do know that Robbie and Garry do knit together pretty well.? Adidas Wayne Gretzky Jersey . Each of Houstons starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 against the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the road. They also moved within 3 1/2 games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division. Adidas Richard Panik Jersey . 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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade has probably been in the arena the Miami Heat call home thousands of times, so he certainly still remembered how to get there on Thursday.Knowing where he was supposed to be, that was an issue.Opposite side of the building, Wade said. I really did not know where to go.Once he got inside, everything -- the sense of direction, the emotions, even the competitive juices -- all came back to him. Wade played in Miami as an opponent for the first time, he and the Chicago Bulls making their lone appearance of the season in the arena where he was revered for years and before a crowd that let him know time and time again how much hes still appreciated.Little different, Wade said. I wont use the word `weird. Ill use the word `different.Different feeling, his usual result: Wade left Miami a winner. He scored 13 points, and the Bulls beat the Heat 98-95.Weird game, man. Its one of the weirdest games Ive ever played in, Wade said. Im glad its over. Im glad we got a win.It was a night he simultaneously awaited and dreaded, for plenty of reasons. Wade left the Heat as a free agent last summer, signed with his hometown Bulls and when the schedule came out the first thing to check was when he would be back in Miami. The trip wasnt even going to last 24 hours, barely long enough to go see the house he still owns and spend a tiny bit of time in the city he still adores.I dont get emotional about anything, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, except for these kind of things.Wade was welcomed with applause and hugs when he walked into the arena, more cheers when he ran out for warmups, then got a big ovation when he was introduced -- last, just like when he played in Miami. And then came the signature moment, the sold-out crowd rising to its feet as a video montage of some of his best Miami moments played.Everyone in the building, even the referees, had eyes on the video screens during that tribute. When it ended, Wade stepped back onto the floor and blew appreciative kisses to the crowd.And when he made two late free throws to help secure the win, yes, he got booed.But after the final buzzer, it was all love.Wade hugged plenty of his former teammates, made special trips over to greet the wife of Heat managing general parrtner Micky Arison and general manager Andy Elisburg, then saluted the fans who stayed to watch him leave the floor -- long after every other player departed.ddddddddddddHeat President Pat Riley and Wade still havent spoken since the summer, but that will come. Riley revealed weeks ago that he was working on a long email to Wade, but it wasnt sent until the last couple of days. Wade said he has the email, but hasnt had time to read Rileys words yet.Theres nothing to squash in my eyes, Wade said. Ive spoken through you guys and hes heard me very loud and clear. Im just appreciative of Pat and what we created together here in Miami.Wade soaked in everything he could on this trip.First, he slept in the house he still owns -- the first whiff of the air freshener early Thursday made him happy, and wife Gabrielle Union (who wasnt on the trip because of work) wanted to know how good their bed felt. He had some Bulls teammates over before the game, then got stuck in some traffic getting to the arena.As he ran out of the visiting-team tunnel for the first time for warmups, he tried desperately to keep a stoic expression on his face as he stepped onto the court.It didnt even last a minute. The first ovation of the night took care of that.Well deserved, Spoelstra said.During the national anthem, Wades eyes were going in all directions. He peeked at the crowd, many of whom wore jerseys and shirts bearing his name. He nodded toward some of the familiar faces on the Miami side of the floor. And then he stared at the eight championship banners -- five for Eastern Conference titles, three more for NBA crowns.Pretty cool, Wade said.And yes, they even cheered him when he scored for the first time on Thursday night. One fan even went a little overboard in the fourth quarter, running on the court with a shirt asking Wade to come back to Miami.The Bulls are his present. The Heat are his past. His future, who knows what that will bring?I wouldnt change it for the world, Wade said. I couldnt have asked when I was a kid, I couldnt get on my knees and ask God for a better pro career and the start and finish of it. ' ' '