Ian Madigan, Hayden Triggs and Isaac Boss have some fun at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

This will tell us much about Leinster. They’ve backed themselves into quite a corner and both the circumstances of a brutally tough pool along with(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton is expected to start against Argentina. Photo: Getty Images 5:00

Irish team manager Mick Kearney has given the broadest hint yet that Johnny Sexton will be fit to start Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final against Arge(...)

Rory McIlroy with Luke Fitzgerald, Dave Kearney, Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A four-strong Irish delegation were today winging their way to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen. The World Cup reception will be attended by repres(...)

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(...)

 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 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(...)

Conor Murray says he is up for playing in every World Cup game for Ireland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Conor Murray has prepared himself to play a role in all of Ireland’s World Cup matches, with just two specialist scrum-halves in Joe Schmidt’s squad. (...)

Luke Fitzgerald challenges for a high ball with Matt Evans during Ireland’s opening World Cup match against Canada. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images 1:56

The odds on Ireland winning Pool D shortened from 4/6 to 4/7 in the aftermath of beating Canada, and while that may seem a little premature, it tak(...)

 Rob Kearney scores against the All Blacks: “It’s very hard to find a weakness but they are beatable. Ireland players know this now.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho 5:12

So the million dollar question: should Ireland coach an offloading policy at this World Cup? I don’t think you can. You are either intuitively good(...)