Ireland captain Paul O’Connell is braced for a physical encounter with italy at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland expect to be “battered up front and pushed to the limit” by Italy in Sunday’s crucial World Cup encounter at London’s Olympic Stadium. Captain(...)

Jack McGrath and Cian Healy have traded places – largely due to the latter’s injury profile and McGrath starts against Italy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There is always some tinkering, and it always seems to make sense. Besides the evolution of the new centre partnership, ironically blocked at t(...)

Robbie Henshaw is in line to make his World Cup debut in the Pool D game against Italy on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 7:17

Akin to other head coaches who have a clear selection strategy in this World Cup, although not all, Joe Schmidt is expected to largely revert to th(...)

 Keith Earls and Simon Zebo were two of Ireland’s standout performers in their 44-10 win over Romania at Wembley. Photograph: Reuters

Another bonus point victory with the 44-10 over Romania and the only caveat in injury terms, appears to be a glute issue sustained by replacement Rob (...)

England captain Chris Robshaw and head coach Stuart Lancaster face the media after their defeat to Wales at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Ten days into the tournament and one could do a PhD on decision-making and psychology. Think of Japan beating South Africa or the Welsh medical sta(...)

Keith Earls scores Ireland’s second try during their 44-10 defeat of Romania in their Pool D match at the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images 6:25

Ireland still seem to be skirting around the edges of this World Cup, and after the full-on warzone of Saturday’s epic at Twickenham, Sunday’s rugby v(...)

Keith Earls went over twice for Ireland during their win over Romania at Wembley. Photograph: Afp 6:25

Ireland 44 Romania 10 Job done with a bonus point, and Ireland move on to the serious stuff seemingly in better form, with more variety and ass(...)

Ireland manager Joe Schmidt has made 12 changes for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup pool C clash with Romania at Wembley. Photograph: Inpho 5:24

Robbie Henshaw’s hamstring injury will not be risked in Ireland’s second World Cup match against Romania at Wembley on Sunday with Joe Schmidt moving (...)

Ireland’s Jared Payne, Luke Fitzgerald, Jonathan Sexton, Rob Kearney, Paul O’Connell, Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe enjoying their rest day at Alton Towers, Staffordshire. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

True to his word that they would seek to use all 31 players over the course of Ireland’s first two World Cup games, Joe Schmidt is set to make multipl(...)

Cian Healy is set to start for Ireland against Romania at Wembley on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho 6:20

Cian Healy is expected to start for Ireland against Romania on Sunday at Wembley stadium. The 28 year old, who surpassed fellow loosehead prop Nick P(...)