Ireland’s hooker Rory Best braces himself as two French players move in for the tackle. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP Photo/Getty Images 1:47

Sometimes the mistakes don’t matter because those imperfections are superseded by the integrity of application and unflinching belief. It takes cou(...)

Jared Payne will not  face France on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:54

The French would have been mid-session this afternoon when word filtered through that Keith Earls will be wearing number 13 for Ireland on Sunday at t(...)

Cian Healy tees off at Celtic Manor in Wales as the Irish squad enjoyed a down day ahead of the World Cup game against FRance on Sunday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:10

Two days out from the biggest games of their respective tenures, Joe Schmidt and Philippe Saint-André are expected to retain the tried and trusted (...)

Jared Payne: Joe Schmidt stated Sunday night he expects to choose his team from a fully available 31-man squad. Photograph: Inpho

Jared Payne will take part in a walk through with the Irish squad on Tuesday, and is expected to take part in a full session on Wednesday meaning h(...)

 Dave Kearney is tackled by two Italian defenders  during the  Pool D match  at the Olympic Stadium in London. Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

There’s no doubt in my mind that Ireland’s intensity will be vastly improved come France in Cardiff. The main question in departing the Olympic Stadiu(...)

Captain Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony during Ireland squad training at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, Surrey. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The odds on Ireland delivering a knockout blow to Italy and thus setting up a toe-to-toe pool decider against France in Cardiff a week hence have, if (...)

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(...)

Devin Toner and Keith Earls celebrate after Earls scored Ireland’s opening try of the Rugby World Cup pool match against Romania. Photo: Andrew Coulridge/Reuters 6:25

What do Devin Toner, Chris Henry and Tommy Bowe have in common? Not so long ago they were certain starters in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland team. The problem (...)

Ireland’s wing Dave Kearney grits his teeth as he looks to break the tackle of Canada fullback Matt Evans. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Having a couple of big brothers to pave the way, not least with one of them breaking into the Leinster and Irish teams, has always been helpful for Da(...)

Rob Kearney: “So some people will be asked to double up again, and when you’re asked to double up at a World Cup, you’re more than happy.”

Rob Kearney is “more than happy” to chase peak match sharpness and start Ireland’s World Cup clash against Romania at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Fullb(...)