Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt talks to his team before the Six Nations game against France. The only change to the side that won that game is  because of injury. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Joe Schmidt is expected to keep changes to a minimum when he announces the Ireland starting XV and replacements to face England at lunchtime today for(...)

Ireland hooker Rory Best at lineout training ahead of Sunday’s match against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:06

Although changes are sure to be minimal, the Irish coaching staff may just have had a little more discussion than might have seemed likely after their(...)

Jared Payne and Cian Healy in conversation after a training session at Carton House. Photograph: Alex Connolly/Inpho 3:06

Cian Healy sighs what seems like a belly full of air and screws up his face. His last full game of rugby, well, it’s not really somewhere he wants to (...)

Simon Easterby says Ireland play the game by the rules and are not a dangerous side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 3:06

Irish forwards coach Simon Easterby was loath to be drawn into reacting to Shaun Edwards assertion that the choke tackle is “very dangerous” and a “bl(...)

Roger Wilson of Ulster(above) and Billy Holland of Munster have been added to the Irish squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish management remain cautiously optimistic that Jamie Heaslip will be available to play against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Ireland’s fo(...)

Leinster’s scrum coach Marco Caputo sees Cian Healy as a unique specimen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster scrum coach Marco Caputo sees Ireland’s Cian Healy as the last man England tight-head Dan Cole will want to see on Sunday.“His bogey man seem(...)

Leinster’s Luke Fitzgerald would love to make the match squad against England on Sunday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Luke Fitzgerald has learned to be less self-critical, the benefit of which can be measured, tangibly, in yet another high-calibre performance, one lib(...)

Jimmy Gopperth scored Leinster’s second try in their 29-8 win over Zebre at the RDS. (Photorgraph: INPHO/James Crombie)

Leinster 29 Zebre 9 Cian Healy finally made his appearance for the first time since September 2014. The Leinster prop and his now famous hamstr(...)

Ulster’s Iain Henderson (left) will get much- needed game time against Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho.

Like loosehead prop Cian Healy in Leinster and outhalf Johnny Sexton at Racing Metro, Irish lock Iain Henderson will start for Ulster against Edinbur(...)

Cian Healy is named on the bench for Leinster against Zebre on Friday night. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Cian Healy looks set to make his first appearance of the year in the blue of Leinster on Friday night against Zebre at the RDS. The prop was called on(...)